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Bulloch County schools post gains on CRCT
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Editor's Note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which appears in Sunday's print edition: Because of a reporter's error, an article that appeared in Friday's edition contained an incorrect statement. Langston Chapel Elementary's fifth-graders had Bulloch County's lowest pass rates in every subject except English/language arts. The Statesboro Herald regrets the error.

  In general, more Bulloch County students passed Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests this year than in 2011, according to school-level results released Thursday.
    The greatest one-year gain in Bulloch County came in fourth-grade English/language arts at Langston Chapel Elementary School, where the passing rate jumped 21 percentage points to 92.7 percent.
    Overall, the district and its schools posted their biggest improvements in English-language arts, mirroring a statewide trend, according to the Georgia Department of Education’s CRCT data.
    The county’s largest drop was in eighth-grade social studies at Portal Middle School, which plummeted 20.8 percentage points to a 61.7 percent pass rate.
    That also reflected a systemwide trend, as the district and its schools posted lower pass rates at all grade levels in social studies. The state, however, actually posted gains in all tested grade levels (third through eighth) in this subject.
    "The district is analyzing the school-level results, and they will be part of our focus July 20 when all administrators meet for strategic planning," said Fran Stephens, the school system’s interim superintendent.
    Here are some other highlights from the results released Thursday:
    Portal Elementary third-graders, Brooklet Elementary fourth-graders and Portal Middle School seventh-graders posted 100 percent pass rates in reading.
    Stilson Elementary fifth-graders posted a 100 percent pass rate in English/language arts.
    Portal Middle posted significant gains in sixth-grade math (up 17 percentage points to an 86.2 percent pass rate) and seventh-grade reading (up 12.7 points to reach 100 percent).
    Sallie Zetterower Elementary posted significant drops in fifth-grade English/language arts (down 4.6 percentage points to 89.9 percent passing), fourth-grade reading (down 8 percentage points to 82.1 percent passing) and fourth-grade math (down
12.2 points to 70.9 percent passing).
    Langston Chapel Elementary fifth-graders had Bulloch County’s lowest pass rates in every subject except English/language arts.
    District spokeswoman Hayley Greene noted that Langston Chapel Elementary has the system’s highest concentration of students who speak little to no English as well as the most racially and ethnically diverse student population.
    According to the state Department of Education’s website, as of March, about 48 percent of Langston Chapel’s students were black, 26 percent were white and 18 percent were Hispanic. The district’s overall demographics in that count were much different: Of the 9,718 Bulloch County public school students, 55 percent were white, 35 percent were black and about 5 percent were Hispanic.
   
    Jason Wermers may be reached at (912) 489-9431.

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