Statewide CRCT (Criterion Referenced Competency Test) scores for the 2013-14 school year have been released, and Thomaston-Upson students have outperformed statewide averages in 24 of the 30 content areas.
Thomaston-Upson students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 8 exceeded state averages in all content areas: Reading, English/Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Sixth grade T-U students exceeded state averages in Reading, Science, and Social Studies. Sixth graders just missed state averages in ELA and Math, but still posted scores of 90.2 in ELA and 82.5 in Mathematics.
Seventh graders posted in the 90th percentile in Reading and English/Language Arts and in the 86th percentile in Math.
The highest scores overall were in Reading, with all grades scoring above the 93rd percentile. Eighth graders topped that list with 98.8 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards in Reading.
“Our district’s top priority will always be to provide the students of our community with the highest quality education to prepare them for postsecondary or career options,” stated Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook. “While we are pleased that our students surpassed state averages in multiple categories, we are still not satisfied. We will continue to challenge all students to meet more rigorous standards, both individually and collectively, school-wide and district-wide.”
According to the state Department of Education, this is the final year for the CRCT in Georgia. Beginning in the spring of 2015, all students in grades 3-12 will participate in the Georgia Milestones test. Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Georgia Performance Standards in Science and Social Studies. The test is designed to better prepare students for college and career and to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress.