By Kathryn Schiliro

Managing Editor

CRCT, or Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, results are in, and Morgan County test-takers hit some five-year highs last school year.

On the Reading CRCT, third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students broke five-year records as far as percentages of students exceeding the required score on the test.

If you include the students that met, but didn’t exceed, the required score on the CRCT Reading portion, those numbers jump to five-year highs in grades three, four, five and seven. Ninety-seven percent of third graders met or exceeded the required score, 96 percent of fourth graders, 97 percent of fifth graders and 98 percent of seventh graders.

Assistant Superintendent Debra White believes the jump in reading scores at the elementary school level may be due to those teachers’ focus on the new Common Core curriculum, of which Georgia is a part, and updated assessments.

On the Language Arts portion of the test, seventh grade students hit a five-year high – 53 percent – as far as students exceeding the required score.

Including the students that both met and exceeded the required score on this part of the CRCT, third graders got to a five-year, with 98 percent of students meeting or exceeding that required score.

In Math, sixth and eighth grade students exceeding the required score hit five-year highs, while fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meeting or exceeding the required score also climbed to five-year highs.

There were no five-year highs of students exceeding the required score on the Science portion of the CRCT, but on the Social Studies portion, third, seventh and eighth grade students exceeding the required score did hit five-year highs.

Compared to the rest of the Northeast Georgia RESA area – including Morgan as well as Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Walton counties and Commerce, Jefferson and Social Circle city schools – local third graders tied with Commerce City for the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding the required score in English/Language Arts and local fifth graders also tied with Oconee County with the same high scores in English/Language Arts.

Morgan County scores were better than state averages in all areas measured: third, fifth and eighth grades.

More information will be shared with the county Board of Education at their meeting this month, Aug. 12.

CRCT Five-Year Highs

Students meeting and exceeding the required CRCT score hit five-year highs in:

Grade 3: Reading, English/ Language Arts

Grade 4: Reading

Grade 5: Reading & Math

Grade 6: Math

Grade 7: Reading & Math

Grade 8: Math