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Gwinnett County Students Surpass State in 2012 CRCT Results

The 2011-2012 CRCT results are in, and Gwinnett County students exceed state averages.

Gwinnett County's students continue to surpass their peers across the state in the Georgia's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT.

According to a press release from Gwinnett County Public Schools, students' mean scores were above the state averages in all content areas -- reading, language arts, math, science and social students -- at all grade levels. For those meeting or exceeding standards, Gwinnett County test-takers did better than their peers, as well.

The highest level -- Level 3 -- also saw more Gwinnett County students than their counterparts in nearly every subject, the district press release said.

In 2010 and 2011, Gwinnett County students led CRCT results, as well. 

The Georgia Department of Education released the district-level scores in late June. The school-specific scores are expected no later than July 12.

The test, administered in April, measures what pupils in third through eighth grades should know and be able to do at their grade levels in the five test areas based on Georgia’s Performance Standards (GPS) curriculum. About 12,000 pupils took the test at each grade level in Gwinnett County.

A student’s performance falls into one of three performance levels or standards: Level 1, for students who do not meet the standard; Level 2, for students who meet the standard; and Level 3, for students who exceed standards.

Grade Level Results (according to the state and district data):

Third Grade (Gwinnett):

In reading, 94 percent met or exceeded the standard, which was relatively the same in 2011. The 2012 state average was 91 percent.

In language arts, 95 percent met or exceeded the standard, compared to 96 percent last year. This year's state average was 91 percent 

In math, 88 percent met or exceeded standards; in science, 86 percent; and in social studies 89 percent. The state averages were 81 percent, 78 percent and 81 percent, respectively. In 2010, Gwinnett students meeting or exceeding these standards were: 86 percent, 86 percent and 88 percent, respectively.

Fourth Grade (Gwinnett):

In reading, 95 percent met or exceeded the standard, compared to 93 percent in 2011. The 2012 state average was 90 percent.

In language arts, 96 percent met or exceeded the standard, compared to 94 percent last year. This year's state average was 91 percent.

In math, 90 percent met or exceeded standards; in science, 91 percent; and in social studies, 91 percent. The 2012 state averages were 80 percent, 81 percent and 78 percent, respectively. For Gwinnett students, these scores were all relatively the same in 2011.

Fifth Grade (Gwinnett): 

In reading, 95 percent met or exceeded the standard, compared to 94 percent in 2011. The 2012 state average was 91 percent.

In language arts, 98 percent met or exceeded the standard, compared to 96 percent last year. This year's state average was 94 percent.

In math, 91 percent met or exceeded standards; in science, 88 percent; and in social studies, 87 percent. The state averages were 84 percent, 78 percent and 77 percent, respectively.

After making big gains in math last year, Gwinnett fifth graders dropped from 94 percent meeting or exceeding the standard. However, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standard in science and social studies increased, from 86 percent and 82 percent, respectively.

Sixth Grade (Gwinnett):

In reading, 96 percent met or exceeded the standard, which was the same as last year. The 2012 state average also was 96 percent.

In language arts, 94 percent met or exceeded the standard, which mirrored results last year. This year's state average was 92 percent.

In math, 88 percent met or exceeded standards; in science, 84 percent; and in social studies, 84 percent. The state averages were 80 percent, 73 percent and 73 percent, respectively.

A greater percentage of Gwinnett students did better than last year in math and science, but scores in social studies were basically the same. In 2011, Gwinnett students in these categories were: 85 percent, 82 percent, and 84 percent, respectively.

Seventh Grade (Gwinnett):

In reading, 98 percent met or exceeded the standard, compared to 96 percent in 2011. The 2012 state average was 94 percent. Gwinnett seventh graders continue to make gains in this category year after year.

In language arts, 97 percent met or exceeded the standard, which was relatively the same as last year. This year's state average was 93 percent.

In math, 96 percent met or exceeded standards; in science, 94 percent; and in social studies, 92 percent. The state averages were 91 percent, 85 percent and 78 percent, respectively.

Although Gwinnett students fared basically the same as last year in math and science, gains were made in social studies. In 2011, scores in these categories were: 95 percent, 93 percent, and 89 percent meeting or exceeding the standard, respectively.

Eighth Grade (Gwinnett):

In reading, 98 percent met or exceeded the standard, up slightly from the previous year's percentage of 97. The 2012 state average was 96 percent.

In language arts, 97 percent met or exceeded the standard, up from roughly 96 percent in 2011. This year's state average was 95 percent.

In math, 85 percent met or exceeded standards; in science, 85 percent; and in social studies, 86 percent. The state averages were 77 percent, 74 percent and 77 percent, respectively.

Seventh graders made steep gains in science and social over last year, though math scores were relatively the same. Comparative percentages in 2011, were 85 percent, 79 percent, and 81 percent, respectively.

Also of note, according to Gwinnett County press release:

  • At least 40 percent of Gwinnett test-takers at each grade level
    exceeded the state standard in reading.
  • At the elementary level, Gwinnett students raised the percentage
    achieving in the exceeds performance level on 12 subtests. Of particular
    note is in fourth grade science, where 61 percent of students exceeded the state standard.
  • At least 40 percent of Gwinnett middle school test-takers at each
    grade level exceeded the state standard in reading.
  • At the middle school level, Gwinnett students raised the percentage
    achieving in the exceeds performance level on 12 subtests. Of particular
    note is that 71 percent of seventh graders exceeded state standards in social studies and 64 percent did so in science.

This article originally ran in the Snellville Patch.

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