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Glynn County schools improve scores
A preliminary analysis of Glynn County public school students' performances on a statewide standardized test shows continued improvement, administrators say.

While administrators are not ready to release individual school data for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test taken by third- through eighth-graders, they say the number of underperforming students is decreasing and the number of achievers is increasing.

"Generally, we have students grouped into the categories of 'did not meet expectations,' 'meets expectations' and 'exceeded expectations,'" school system spokesman Jim Weidhaas said.

"Looking at a graph from this year's scores, so far, compared to previous years', the 'did not meet' is continuing to get smaller every year while the 'meets' and 'exceeds' bar continues to go up," he said.

The initial test results reported by the state will change slightly over the next several months as scores of students who are retested and those who take tests this summer are added in, Weidhaas said. A final report may not be ready until September or October, he said.

Individual students, however, are receiving their own scores.

"We still use the numbers we receive to determine promotion and retention, and it helps us look at students individually," Weidhaas said. "These students can take these results home, right before the summer, to see where they are (in their developments)."

Tuesday is the final school day for students this school year. The 2013-14 school year will begin Aug. 8.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at slundgren@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.



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