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POSTED: July 14, 2007 5:02 a.m.

School officials said Bryan County students excelled on the CRCT, Georgia High School Graduation Test and the Georgia End-Of-Course-Tests.

Assistant Superintendent John Oliver reported on the test scores at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting and said he was very pleased with the results.

"Compared to students throughout the state, our students do very well. Overall, we’re very pleased," he said.

The CRCT is given each spring to students in the first through eighth grades. The test is given in the content areas of reading, English/language arts, and math. Students in third through eighth grades are also tested in the content areas of social studies and science.

While the individual schools do not have their data back yet, Oliver said the BoE is very interested in the data that is available.

Students in Bryan County had scores on the CRCT that exceeded the state standards, according to information presented by Oliver. Bryan County also consistently scored higher on most portions of the test in the varying grade levels than the surrounding counties.

Oliver said he attributes a great deal of the success of students in Bryan County to their parents.

"We always appreciate our parents who prepare their children to take this test," he said.

The Georgia High School Graduation Test, administered in the spring to those students in the 11th grade, is another source of pride for the BoE.

For those students who pass the test the first time it is taken, Bryan County’s numbers compare very favorably to the state’s, said Oliver.

The test covers English/language arts, math, social studies, science, and writing, and is the determining factor on whether or not children will receive their high school diploma. Students have a total of five opportunities to pass each portion of the test.

Both Richmond Hill High School and Bryan County High School had scores exceeding 500, the minimum score in order to be considered passing, for each portion of the test. The highest scores for both schools were in English/language arts and math.

Oliver also discussed the Georgia End-Of-Course-Tests, administered to those in the ninth through 12th grades after the completion of courses such as geometry, biology and American Literature and Composition to name a few. The tests make sure that students have learned the material that was presented in each course.

"Our students do very well when you compare them to the state," said Oliver.

Bryan County students exceeded the state’s average score on seven out of eight content areas. Eighty five percent of students passed the Algebra I portion, a subject that is often difficult for some.

"I’m very proud of the test scores and I believe that we will continue to do our best," said Vice Chairman Frances Meeks.

 

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