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Gwinnett students exceed CRCT standards

GWINNETT CO., Ga. -- Gwinnett County students in grades 3-8 are scoring higher than their peers on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT).

During the 2010-11 school year, Gwinnett students' mean scores were better than the state averages in all content areas at all grade levels.

"These CRCT results affirm our focus on improving achievement for all students through high expectations, increased rigor and student engagement in learning activities," said Dale Robbins, associate superintendent for Teaching and Learning Support in Gwinnett. "We work very hard to encourage students to higher and higher level of achievement."

The CRCT measures what students should know and be able to do at their grade levels in reading, English and language arts, math, science and social studies, in accordance with Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).

A student's performance falls into one of three levels:

* Does not meet standards
* Meets standards
* Exceeds standards

"Our goal is not for students to simply 'pass' -- our goal is for them to exceed the standards set by the state," Robbins said. "Double-digit increases in the 'exceeds' category were achieved in fourth grade reading (10+), fifth grade reading (12+) and in seventh grade social studies (13+). We will continue to challenge students to achieve at their greatest potential by incorporating strategies such as problem solving, decision making and collaboration."

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