CONYERS -- Nearly 300 elementary and middle school students passed critical tests over the summer that they originally failed.
Rockdale County Public Schools officials recently reported to the Rockdale County Board of Education that 149 elementary students and 149 middle school students passed courses over the summer during a summer intensive program.
Students in third, fifth and eighth grades are required to pass the reading portion on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and students in fifth and eighth grades also are required to pass math to be promoted to the next grade level.
Eugene Baker, assistant superintendent for School Improvement at RCPS, reported that more than 500 elementary and middle school students attended the summer program this year, which was a shortened program from years past due to a required savings of $300,000.
"It was a very compacted time period at the end of the school year," he said.
Of the 274 students in elementary summer school, 149 of them passed reading and math.
He reported that 75 third-graders participated in summer school for reading with 50 students, or 67 percent of them, passing; 69 fifth-graders participated for reading with 26 students, or 38 percent, passing; and 130 fifth-graders participated for math with 73 students, or 56 percent, passing.
In middle school, of the 255 students in summer school, 149 of them passed reading and math.
Baker reported that 27 eighth-graders attended summer school for reading with 14 students, or 52 percent, passing and 228 eight-graders attended for math with 135 students, or 59 percent, passing.
"We had some good results, but we still have some work to do," he said, adding that they were pleased with the results since it was such a compacted program, compared to years past.
Baker also reported that 358 high school students attempted to attain half-credit courses over the summer, and of those, 278 courses were passed. Students had to pay $120 for each course.
The Georgia Department of Education will report final CRCT results later this year that will include summer retest scores. On preliminary results of the CRCT that were reported earlier this year, Rockdale County students in the five critical areas of testing had higher pass averages, compared to overall averages from across the state in the same areas, and many Rockdale County schools overall posted pass rates above state averages in the critical areas.