Students of Oconee County Schools have historically performed well on Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and, according to results released from the Georgia Department of Education, 2012 was no exception.
Combining the results of all grade levels (3rd through 8th), some highlights include*:
- OCS pass rates range from 92% to 98% across all subjects (reading, language arts, math, science, and social studies)
- OCS matched all-time high pass rates in the areas of reading and language arts
- OCS matched or exceeded all-time highs in the "Exceeds the Standard" category in the areas of reading, science, and social studies. This category includes the range of scores that represent the highest level of performance on the CRCT.
“We’re very proud of our students, and these scores are a reflection of their hard work,” said Superintendent Jason Branch, in a released statement. “The scores are also a tribute to committed parents and dedicated teachers, administrators, and support staff. While we’re pleased with these results, we also remain committed to raising the bar and reaching new levels of excellence."
Statewide, results showed more students are exceeding the standards than last year.
“Teachers are doing a great job teaching the more rigorous Georgia Performance Standards and they are to be applauded for raising expectations for all students,” State School Superintendent John Barge stated in release from the Georgia Department of Education.
State law mandates that third-graders, fifth-graders, and eighth-graders pass the tests in certain subject areas in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
*From a news release authored by Dr. Brook Whitmire, assistant superintendent of Human Resources at Oconee County Schools.