The percentage of Georgia’s 8th graders exceeding standards in all content-area Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) increased this year, including an eight percentage point increase in reading, says a press release from the Georgia Department of Educcation.

Grade 8 students showed a two percentage point increase in English language arts, a three percentage point increase in mathematics, a three percentage point increase in science, and a two percentage point increase in social studies.

However, an Atlanta-Journal Constitution analysis showed little to no gains for Atlanta Public Schools in reading and math for Grades 3, 5 and 8, but some gains for Fulton students who exceeded standards.

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County School System boasted performance gains equal to students statewide and have shown year-to-year aggregate performance improvement in four of five subject areas.

Click here for results by district, including Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Students took the CRCT for the last time this year. Beginning next year, all students in grades 3-8 will take the Georgia Milestones.

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.