Each public school in the Northeast Cobb Patch area—Kincaid, Mount View, Keheley, Blackwell, Bells Ferry, Addison, Nicholson and Rocky Mount elementary schools and Simpson, Daniell, Mabry and McCleskey middle schools—scored better than the state average on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs), the Georgia Department of Education reported Wednesday.
The showing followed strong effort at the system level as it topped the state average in 29 of the 30 content areas tested from third grade to eighth grade.
The CRCT measures students abilities in reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies.
Third-, fifth- and eighth-graders must meet or exceed the requirements on the CRCT in reading to advance according to state law. Fifth- and eighth-graders also need to meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT in mathematics to move on to the next grade.
Addison’s third-grade class improved its average scores in math and science, while Blackwell’s students in the same grade declined in science.
All of Keheley’s fourth-graders passed the math portion of the test to improve on last year’s result of 89.2 percent either meeting or exceeding the standard. Bells Ferry’s fourth graders bettered their math score from 88.3 percent meeting or exceeding the standard in 2010 to 99 percent this year.
Rocky Mount fifth-graders posted perfect scores in reading and math. But the fifth-graders at Kincaid declined in four of five content areas. The largest dip was in social studies, dropping 4.8 percent from 96 percent meeting or exceeding the standard to 91.2 percent.
McCleskey’s sixth-graders achieved a dramatic jump in their social studies success, from 76.5 percent meeting or exceeding the standard in 2010 to 89.1 percent in 2010.
Simpson’s seventh-graders had one of the most consistent scoring from year to year. In reading and English/language arts the last two years scores were 98.6 percent meeting or exceeding the standard. They also had the same score of 95.1 percent in the social studies area.
The eighth-graders at Mabry pulled off a tough feat. The class raised its reading mark from last year’s 99.7 percent of students either meeting or exceeding the standard to now achieving 100 percent.