Gwinnett students beat state average on CRCT

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools students met or exceeded the state standard on the CRCT more than their peers statewide at all grade levels, school system officials announced Wednesday.

The system-level results of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests were released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education. Students in first through eighth grades took the state-mandated test in April. The CRCT measures what students in elementary and middle school should know and be able to do at their grade levels in reading, English/language arts and mathematics based on Georgia's Performance Standards curriculum. Students in third through eighth grade also are assessed in science and social studies.

Gwinnett's mean scores on the CRCT were above the state averages in all content areas at all grade levels. In addition, Gwinnett students surpassed the state average in the number of students performing at the highest level and exceeding state standards.

"Our students' success on the CRCTs is a result of their success in Gwinnett classrooms," Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Support Dale Robbins said. "Every day, Gwinnett teachers do an outstanding job challenging students academically. As a result we are seeing stable and improved performance across most content areas in nearly all grade levels.

"Our focus for some time has been on helping students reach their potential by adding rigor and encouraging students to achieve at higher levels. This year's CRCT results indicate the success of this approach as we experienced strong Level 3 performance, with students exceeding state standards, across content areas in grades 3 to 8."