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Warren County students show significant improvement on test

After receiving test scores, Warren County Superintendent Carol Jean Carey said her system is well on the way to becoming Georgia's first 90/90/90 school system.

The school system's population is more than 90 percent minority, has more than 90 percent poverty and is working to become 90 percent proficient in all subject areas.

The school system received its Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) results Thursday.

"We have the best test scores. They have gone out the roof,'' said Mrs. Carey.

"We are 89 percent in reading, 90 percent in language arts and 83 percent in math,'' Mrs. Carey said of the elementary school test scores. "We are so close at that school, and we are close at the middle school, too.''

In January, Warren County's Freeman Elementary School was one of only 26 in the state named a Georgia School of Excellence in Student Achievement.

Here are some examples of the gains they made:

Eighth grade reading scores jumped 13 points to 83 percent; language arts scores jumped 19 points to 80 percent and math scores jumped 24 points to 88 percent.

Sixth grade math scores climbed 23 points to 71 percent; language arts scores climbed 16 points to 74 percent and reading scores inched up three points to 77 percent.

In fourth grade last year, 61 passed in reading, as compared to 79 percent this year; last year 76 percent passed in language arts as compared to 94 percent this year. The percentage passing math went from 55 percent last year to 62 percent this year.

Only six out of 71 third graders didn't pass the reading portion of the CRCT. They will be tutored during a four-week summer school which began June 1.

Third graders must pass the reading portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) before being promoted to the fourth grade this year.

The CRCT assesses a student's knowledge of the Georgia curriculum in language arts, reading and mathematics. Next year, fifth graders will have to meet testing standards before being promoted and eighth graders will be added the subsequent year.



Web posted on Thursday, June 3, 2004


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