Summer school crowded
Test grades lead to higher enrollment

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 12,500 elementary and middle school students have enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools' summer session, an increase of about 1,000 pupils from last year, district officials said Friday.

The school system's second-day enrollment count showed 8,976 elementary schoolers and 3,607 middle schoolers were attending summer school, said Sloan Roach, the district's spokeswoman. That's about 79 percent of the 15,900 students recommended for the summer session.

"We are pleased to see that the majority of students recommended for summer school - either because they were on an academic contract or because of failure to meet promotion requirements on the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) or Gateway - are taking advantage of this summer learning opportunity," Roach said. "Over the next three weeks, these students will benefit from very targeted support in their areas of weakness."

Roach said it would be hard to pinpoint the reason for the growth in summer school enrollment. She noted the district's enrollment in the 2007-08 academic year grew by more than 4,000 students.

"We do have more students who had not met the standards on the CRCT," she said. "That definitely could be a factor."

The parents of students who opted not to attend summer school but plan to take the CRCT retest at the end of the session need to alert the school so the testing materials will be on hand for the child, Roach said.

About 100 students have already retaken the CRCT. The Georgia Department of Education allows pupils one chance to retake portions of the state-mandated standardized test.