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Students forego summer school to retake test

LAWRENCEVILLE - About 100 students who failed a portion of a state standardized test chose to forego summer school and retake the exam this week, a Gwinnett County Public Schools official said.

For the first time, the school system gave students the choice to retake the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test either before or after summer school. The state only allows students to retake the test once, and any fifth- and eighth-graders who fail the retest won't get promoted, said Sloan Roach, the school district's spokeswoman.

Students who wanted to retake the reading CRCT Monday or the math CRCT today had to register in advance so the schools could ensure they had the testing materials, Roach said.

Because a small number of students chose to retake the exam early, more students may be participating in summer school, Roach said. The summer session for elementary and middle school students begins June 26 and ends July 17.

Gwinnett County Public Schools will administer the reading CRCT retest on July 11 and the math retest on July 14, Roach said. Students don't have to attend summer school to retake the exam, but they will have to notify schools early in the session of their choice.

Although students have received their individual scores, the state Department of Education has not released the school- or system-level CRCT results. Last month, State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox announced the results of the social studies CRCT would be invalidated for sixth- and seventh-graders because the preliminary results appeared to be "implausibly low."

The CRCT, which is based on the state's curriculum, is administered to first- through eighth-grade students.

Nearly every elementary and middle school in Gwinnett County is offering summer classes, Roach said. Because of construction or special projects taking place, there are a few exceptions:

· Bethesda Elementary students will attend summer classes at Alford Elementary.

· Shiloh Elementary students will attend summer classes at Centerville Elementary.

· Britt Elementary students will attend summer classes at Norton Elementary.

· Suwanee Elementary students will attend summer classes at Level Creek Elementary.

· Berkeley Lake Elementary students will attend summer classes at Chesney Elementary.

· Head Elementary students will attend summer classes at Brookwood Elementary.

· Cedar Hill Elementary students will attend summer classes at Winn Holt Elementary.

· Benefield Elementary students will attend summer classes at Kanoheda Elementary.

· Lanier Middle students will attend summer classes at North Gwinnett High.

· Pinckneyville Middle students will attend summer classes at Norcross High.

· Shiloh Middle students will attend summer classes at Shiloh High.

· Sweetwater Middle students will attend summer classes at Berkmar High.