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CRCT results please leaders
County tops state in most categories
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Individual school results show the Forsyth County school system continues to be among the state’s leaders when it comes to CRCT scores.

The Georgia Department of Education has released the results of how every school in the state performed on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

Last month, the department released districtwide results. Forsyth students in every grade except first came in ahead of those included in the top 25 large districts throughout the state.

The curriculum-based exam, given to students in first through eighth grades, measures competency in English/language arts, reading and math.
Third- through eighth-graders are also tested in science and social studies.

Forsyth Superintendent Buster Evans heralded the school-level results in a statement Monday.

“This data is strong in telling that our teachers continue to do a phenomenal job of teaching our outstanding students even in these times with limited resources,” Evans said.

In first-grade reading, 100 percent of students tested at Brookwood and Big Creek elementary schools met or exceed-
ed standards.

Third-grade scores show 97.8 percent of those at Brookwood who took the test and 98.9 percent at Big Creek met or exceeded math standards.

Lissa Pijanowski, Forsyth County Schools associate superintendent, said the district has a high percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards and the percent of those exceeding has grown.

She said an emphasis on students achieving higher levels of learning over the past several years has resulted in an average of 8 percent more students in reading/English language arts and 11 percent more students in mathematics performing at the exceeds level from 2008 to 2010.

“This will continue to be a focus for us as we support teachers with learning resources and professional development opportunities to design instruction that is standards-based, challenging and engaging for our students,” she said.

Eighth-grade social studies scores show 92.3 percent of students at Piney Grove and 98.3 percent at South Forsyth middle schools met or exceeded standards.

In seventh-grade science, 93.4 percent of North Forsyth Middle School students met or exceeded standards.

In English/language arts, 100 percent of fifth-graders at Johns Creek, Daves Creek, Brookwood and Haw Creek elementary schools met or exceeded standards.

Evans said Forsyth County has the most professional group of teachers and school leaders assembled in one district in the state and that the overall performance increase in the “exceeds expectations” category shows him many of the system’s IE2 goals have been met.

IE2, or Investing in Educational Excellence, is the system’s special contract with the state that gives it freedom from many mandates in exchange for high levels of student achievement.

While he is pleased with the students’ overall performance on the test, Evans said two student groups that continue to need work are those whose native language is not English and some with disabilities.

“Clearly, one of the huge barriers to learning is the language barrier for some students, and the quicker we engage [English Language Learner] students and their parents in the learning process, the quicker we close the learning gaps that may exist in some content areas,” Evans said.

“Overall, however, our schools and teachers should feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment in our students’ performance in the CRCT this year.”