Students in Bibb County showed overall improvement in their performance on the standardized test known as the CRCT.
The CRCT is the goal post the state of Georgia uses to benchmark performance in competency areas including reading, math, language arts, science, and social studies.
It was first implemented in 2000, when Georgia law required all students in grades 1 through 8 to take the assessment. The text was dropped from first and second grades this year due to state budget cuts.
A news release from the school district highlights gains, particularly in reading, math, science, and social studies. English/language arts scores remained consistent with 2012 results.
Here's how the release described results, which are preliminary. The Georgia Department of Education says school-level scores will be available no later than July 10.
From the Bibb County Board of Education:
- READING: The percentages of students in 2013 who were proficient (either met or exceeded) in Reading increased in all tested grades compared to the 2012 CRCT results. Reading is the tested subject in which the Bibb County School District showed the highest proficiency rates for all grades. Most notably among the improvements, reading scores for students in the third grade jumped 5.7 percentage points.
- MATH: In comparison to the 2012 CRCT, the percentages of students in 2013 who were proficient in Math increased for the following grades: fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth. Notable improvements include a gain of 11.8 percentage points for students in the fifth grade and a gain of 10.2 percentage points for students in the eighth grade. Students in fourth and sixth grades also improved by more than 5 percentage points.
- ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS: Bibb County School District students maintained similar rates of proficiency in 2013 compared to 2012 CRCT results.
- SCIENCE: Students in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades improved in Science proficiency in 2013 compared to 2012. Students in sixth grade made the biggest gain, improving by 5.8 percentage points in 2013 compared to 2012.
- SOCIAL STUDIES: The percentage of students in 2013 who were proficient (either met or exceeded) in Social Studies increased in all tested grades compared to the 2012 results. The biggest gains were made by sixth- and seventh-graders, with sixth-graders improving by 8.3 percentage points and seventh-graders improving by 7.3 percentage points. Students in the third and fifth grades also made gains of 5 or more percentage points in 2013 compared to 2012.