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Press Release
Coweta County Schools

Date: June 22, 2011

Coweta students outperform state, improve overall on Criterion Reference Competency Test

Results for Coweta County Schools on the Georgia Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) for grades 3 through 8 show that Coweta County schools improved student performance in most grades and subjects in the last year, and outperformed students throughout the state of Georgia, with higher percentages of students Coweta students Meeting or Exceeding state standards in all grades and subject areas.The CRCT exam test students’ mastery of the state of Georgia’s basic curriculum in the areas of reading, language arts, math, science and social studies in grades 3 through 8. In all, the 2011 CRCT covered 30 grades and subject areas. Overall 2011 scores released by the Georgia Department of Education show Coweta County students Meeting or Exceeding the standards at a higher rate than the state of Georgia as a whole in all 30 areas. The Coweta County School System also improved its own average scores in 26 of the 30 areas tested, scoring the same in one area, and decreasing slightly in 3 areas.The Criterion Reference Competency Test is given to Georgia students in the spring of each school year. The CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to the instruction of the GPS, and to gauge the quality of education throughout Georgia.(See the charts) accompanying this story for Coweta County’s overall 2011 CRCT scores, with comparisons to the county’s 2010 performance, and the state of Georgia’s overall 2011 performance).