TIFTON - Tift County students met or exceeded state performance standards in most areas of achievement tests taken in May, school system student services coordinator Gina Cox told board of education members Tuesday.

Scores on the Criterion Referenced Competancy Tests (CRCT) for Tift students in fourth, sixth and eighth grades came in in August, Cox said. The scores for first, second, third, fifth and seventh graders took longer to complete and were just recently received.

Student scores on the CRCT are reported according to standards for grade levels and content areas, with student performance listed as exceeding standards, meeting standards or not meeting standards. First and second graders are tested in reading, English/language arts and mathematics, and other grades take tests in reading, English, language arts, math, science and social studies.

Tift County's first grade had the highest percentage of students who met or exceeded the state standard at 91 percent (compared to a state mean of 86 percent). In most cases, the Tift County score was one or two points above the state standard, although eighth graders' scores fell below the state mean in reading, English/language arts and math. (State means were 80 percent in reading, 72 percent in English and 65 percent in math, while the local scores were 76, 70 and 62 percent respectively.) Sixth graders also scored below the state average in English, with 65 percent compared to 66 percent.

The BOE heard a report from Cox at its November meeting, held Tuesday. In other action, the board:

Recognized the Tift County FFA agricultural communication teams, which recently won 11th place in national competitions in Louisville, Ky. Team members are Marshall Musgrove, Michelle Burgess, Michael Maw and Lindsey Towson.

Approved requests for bus use during the Hometown Holiday Celebration and from the Abraham Baldwin College Upward Bound program and Sigma Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Approved fund-raising requests from Charles Spencer Elementary School, the J.T. Reddick Student Council and the Northeast Y-Club.

Declared outdated computer equipment surplus.

Heard a report on Special Local Option Sales Tax-funded projects from projects manager Patrick Atwater. Atwater said the school system has paid out 79 percent of the cost of the new primary school on Carpenter Road but that the school, originally expected to be finished in May 2003, is closer to completion than that. The first coat of paint is on the walls and cabinets are to be delivered this week.

To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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