Superintendent cites concerns over student competency tests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

May 19, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia schools Superintendent Kathy Cox says
some school systems have raised concerns about results of tests
gauging student competency.

Cox says that while statewide results are not in, it appears
that the pass rate on the eighth grade Criterion-Referenced
Competency Test will be about 60 percent.

The superintendent said Monday that preliminary results of the
social studies CRCT for sixth and seventh graders put the pass rate
at 20 to 30 percent.

Cox said the eighth grade math results were not unexpected
because standards have been raised, so a "temporary dip" is not
unusual.

She said the results will increase the number of students
retesting because fifth and eighth graders must pass reading and
math CRCTs to be automatically promoted to the next grade.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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