School gets harder. Social pressures ratchet up. And standardized test scores generally drop between elementary and middle school. But that decline is a little more pronounced in Madison County than the rest of the state, at least according to recent CRCT results.
Last year’s Madison County eighth graders exceeded state failure rates in four of the five tested categories of the CRCT. Madison County eighth graders were above the state failure rate in reading, English and language arts, math and science. The only lower percentage of failure for local eighth graders was social studies, where 20.2 percent of Madison County eighth graders failed to meet required standards, compared to 22.1 percent across the state.
Madison County School Superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon said the drop off in the eighth grade scores is “problematic.” He said local officials recognized that last year’s eighth graders may struggle on the standardized test scores. He said teachers are working to turn those scores around.
“We’re analyzing the scores and we’re trying to see any areas where we can improve,” said McCannon. “We’re in the process of doing that. We don’t try to look at one individual score. We just try to look at it from a wholistic standpoint of trends…Having analyzed the current eighth grade scores, we wanted them to be higher, but we were concerned there could be issues based on previous years scores.”