Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has released system results of the 2009-10 administration of Georgia”s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs) for grades 1-8. Gwinnett”s mean scores on the CRCTs were above the state averages in all content areas at all grade levels. More GCPS test-takers met or exceeded the state standard than their peers statewide at all grade levels. In addition, Gwinnett students surpassed the state average in terms of students performing at the highest level– Level 3– exceeding state standards.
Gwinnett students in grades 1-8 took the state-mandated tests in April. The CRCTs measure what students in grades 1-8 should know and be able to do at their grade levels in Reading, English/Language Arts, and Mathematics based on Georgia”s Performance Standards (GPS) curriculum. Students in grades 3-8 also are assessed in Science and Social Studies. A student”s performance falls into one of three performance levels or standards:
- Level 1 – Does Not Meet the Standard
- Level 2 – Meets the Standard
- Level 3 – Exceeds the Standard
"Our students” success on the CRCTs is a result of their success in Gwinnett classrooms," says Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Support Dale Robbins. "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 3-8."