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Georgia students improve CRCT results

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Georgia eighth-graders exceeded expectations on this year's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in every content category.

The gains included an 8 percentage point increase in reading, a 2 percentage point increase in English, 3 percentage point increase in both mathematics and science and a 2 percentage point increase in social studies.

"Reading is truly foundational to learning, so those increases in students exceeding standards are encouraging to see," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "As we transition to tests that more accurately reflect our standards - and the emphasis those standards place on critical thinking and comprehension - students' reading abilities will help them to excel."

Georgia's elementary and middle school students met or exceeded CRCT standards in 14 of the designated 30 content areas. Eight areas showed no change. And another eight areas showed decreases.

This is the last year Georgia students were slotted to take the CRCT. Next year students in third to eighth grades will take a new testing system, the Georgia Milestones. As opposed to the CRCT's series of individual tests, the Georgia Milestones will include more open-ended questions to determine students' entire subject competency. The new tests will also align with Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

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