State: more eighth-graders passing math exam

ATLANTA (AP) - Thousands more Georgia eighth-graders passed
state exams this year compared to last year.
New data from the state Department of Education shows that 70
percent of eighth-grade students passed muster on the mathematics
portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. Georgia
education officials were hoping to avoid last year's testing
problems that led to nearly 40 percent of eighth-graders failing
the math test on the first try and the discarding of the sixth- and
seventh-grade social studies test scores.
Overall, test scores improved in every subject of the CRCT this
year. Subjects include math, reading, English language arts,
science and social studies.
Students grade take the CRCT every year, which is among the
measurements Georgia uses to meet federal No Child Left Behind

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