School leaders in Bibb and Houston counties are highlighting math gains in test results from this year's Criterion-Referenced Competency Test given to elementary school students. The results were released by the Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday.
In Bibb County, students in grades three through eight improved in 24 of the 30 testing areas in five subjects. Students' math scores improved, both year-to-year and since 2008.
"It is encouraging to see the improvements among the different subjects and grades, especially in mathematics," Superintendent Romain Dallemand said in a news release. "Though improving, we are not improving fast enough to close the gap with the state, and our goal is to create a plan which will accelerate student achievement to close that gap."
In Houston County, CRCT math scores were higher in all grades than the state average and showed improvement in most grades over last year.Houston County's fifth-graders have shown a five-percentage point increase in math scores since 2009, while its eighth-graders have gained six percentage points in the same period, noted Eric Payne, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.
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Officials in the district are looking at their performance against comparable systems based on student population and those who qualify for free and reduced meals to see where they are and how they can improve.
"We want to continue to improve in the whole state, not just Middle Georgia, to give us a whole picture," Payne said.
To see the results for Bibb, Houston and other midstate schools, visit http://gadoe.org/pea_communications.aspx?ViewMode=1=2041.
School-level results will become available no later than July 6, according to the Georgia Department of Education.
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