The Forsyth County school system learned this week how its individual schools performed on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
Known as the CRCT, the test measures third- through eighth-graders in math, science, English/language arts, reading and social studies.
Forsyth officials knew the district had fared better than the state and surrounding counties, but the most recent results reveal how individual schools performed in each subject area within each grade level.
Jennifer Caracciolo, system spokeswoman, said the school-level results are “another indicator that our students are continuing to exceed state standards in various subject areas.”
“Our schools are reviewing their results and will continue to do so with individual teachers when they return in August,” she said. “We have one of the best teaching and support teams and we congratulate them on consistently going beyond in preparing our students to compete and excel.”
Statewide comparisons of the CRCT results were released in June, with Forsyth ranking first or close to the top in a number of grade level areas.
While scores varied between grade level and subject, Forsyth topped the state average across the board.
This year’s results will be the first used in the College and Career Ready Performance Index, a new accountability method replacing the Adequate Yearly Progress guidelines.
Ron McAllister, principal at Vickery Creek Elementary, has begun reviewing his school’s individual results.
In third grade, students raised their scores in four of the five areas, while fifth-graders improved in three areas and fourth-graders did better in two.
“We went up in the percentage of children who are at the exceeding level and that’s really what we look at,” McAllister said. “That’s when you have a better grasp of when kids have truly mastered the materials.”
McAllister, who will be principal at the new Kelly Mill Elementary School when it opens in August, said he hopes he can bring the same results to his new job.
Those results can be accomplished by connecting with and engaging students, as well as “providing kids with all kinds of avenues to get there. There’s not one direct route.”
“Find out their passions and interests and they’ll achieve at the levels they think you think they can achieve,” he said.