A graphical review of APS CRCT performance – limited or no improvement


The GA Department of Education released the 2014 CRTC results for both the State as a whole and for each district. It has been previously noted that there was little change in the results from prior years and the APS substantial lag behind the state average remains.

Below are graphs for the CRCT reading and math results for the third, fifth and eighth grades. As you can see, there is some up and down movement, but it is all within a very narrow range indicating that the results have stagnated with little or no improvement over the last three years.

FY14 3g CRCT

Both third grade reading and math mirror the state results, however, the APS reading results are 6.8 points lower than the state and the math scores are in the 14-15 point range lower than the State.

FY14 5g CRCT

For the fifth grade, the State reading results have an upward trend, but it is relatively small over the last two years. On the other hand, APS fifth grade reading results bounced back from a low in FY13, but the gap between the State and APS widened slightly and now stands at 5.8 points. The APS results in math also bounced back from last year, but the gap between the State and APS results widened to 11.6 points as compared to FY12.

FY14 8g CRCT

The State eighth grade reading scores are on a slightly upward trend over the last two years. Again, APS eighth grade reading scores bounced back from last years results but the gap between APS and the State widened slightly as compared to FY12. In math, APS increased the scores from last year, but only came back to the level achieved in FY12 and the gap between APS and the State increased to 12.1 points.

Overall, not much changed. Probably the best that can be said is that the poorer performance seen in FY13 was reversed to some degree, but the gaps between the State and APS results remain significant.

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2 Responses to A graphical review of APS CRCT performance – limited or no improvement

  1. MIchelle Constantinides says:

    Perhaps it is time for APS to take a look at the US DOE’s website for the “Gold Standard” for what works!

    ■ Reducing class size in grades K-3 (the average student in small classes scores higher on the Stanford Achievement Test in reading/math than about 60% of students in regular-sized classes).

    ■ Instruction for early readers in phonemic awareness and phonics (the average student in these interventions reads more proficiently than approximately 70% of students in the control group).

    ■ One-on-one tutoring by qualified tutors for at-risk readers in grades 1-3 (the average tutored student reads more proficiently than approximately 75% of the untutored students in the control group).

    http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/rigorousevid/rigorousevid.pdf

  2. Beverly Fraud says:

    A decade plus of all the “reform” that Bev Hall, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates and the rest of the educational industrial complex has to offer and all APS has to show for it is sub-and I do mean
    SUB-standard performance.

    It’s NOT the teachers, it’s NOT the testing and it’s NOT the tenure.

    It’s the DISCIPLINE Stupid!

    When APS can summon the political courage to get THAT through its head, maybe something will change. Until then APS and the people of Atlanta (who won’t DEMAND their board address this) will continue to get the bottom dwelling, substandard, administratively bloated school system they FULLY and RICHLY deserve.

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