Sunday, April 21, 2013
Third, fourth and fifth graders shake things up before they start their tests on Monday.
The CRCTs can be stressful for both students and educators. So the administration at Norcross Elementary School gave the kids a chance to release some steam before testing begins Monday. V103 DJ Daminon Lewis got the gym full of third, fourth and fifth graders up and dancing and gave away prizes to students who answered his questions. NES teachers and administrators lead the students in a cheer. The event ended with a "Shake Off" where groups of students competed in a Harlem Shake Contest.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Gwinnett County public school students officially have spring break April 8 - 12, but the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests are just around the corner.
Gwinnett County Public Schools will be on spring break beginning April 8, with students and teachers returning on April 15. But, don't let all that fun go to your children's heads. One week after returning from vacation, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are administered to Gwinnett County students. Those tests run April 22-26. Advanced Placement tests, as well as course final exams are not too far behind in May. And, you know what that means: Graduation is just around the corner. If you want to help your children sprint toward the finish line, yes, by all means, have fun on spring break. (You can let us know what fun things you have planned in the comment section.) However, be ready to get them immediately back into the …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Proposal would require educators found guilty of cheating to return bonuses and incentive pay.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
A Gwinnett legislator plans to introduce legislation he hopes will remove one incentive for cheating on the high stakes Criterion Referenced Competency Tests or CRCTs. State Representative Billy Mitchell, whose district includes portions of DeKalb and Gwinnett counties, plans to introduce legislation that would force teachers found guilty of cheating on the CRCT to return any bonuses or incentive pay. “It is not uncommon for administrators or teachers to receive bonuses or other pay incentives based on their student’s achievement levels on the CRCT,” said Rep. Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) in a released statement. “This legislation simply calls for the return of any funds to the school system that were paid to any administrator or teacher …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Local results were lower than county's on a whole for 5th and 8th graders in almost every school, subject.
Though the vast majority of Norcross 5th and 8th grade students passed the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT, this year, sending them on to a new school, the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards was lower than the Gwinnett County average almost across the board. The CRCT covers reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 take the test yearly, though we have focused on the tests for students graduating from local elementary and middle schools. (The Gwinnett school system requires students in 7th grade to pass all subjects of the CRCT. In 8th grade, the state requires students to pass reading and math to be promoted to the next grade. Likewise, GCPS requires 4th grade…
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Georgia's largest school district surpassed state averages in every grade level and in every test category.
Gwinnett County's students once again exceeded state state averages for Georgia's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, or CRCT. Students in third through eighth grades scored above average in every category: reading, language arts, math, science and social students. Not only were mean scores for each grade level and subject above the state's, but so was the average number of students who met or exceeded the state standard in each of the five test areas. The percentage of students who exceeds state state standards also surpassed Georgia's average scores. In 2010, Gwinnett County students led CRCT results, as well. “These CRCT results affirm our focus on improving achievement for all students through high expectations, increased rigor, …