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Gainesville, Hall County schools show gains on competency tests
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School scores on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test were released Tuesday, showing how individual Hall County and Gainesville City schools did on the exams.

When the system results were released in June, they showed modest improvements for both school systems.

In Gainesville, the schools that were “most improved” were Fair Street Elementary and Gainesville Middle, said Jamey Moore. Moore is the director of curriculum and instruction for the school system.

“They both showed gains in all five content areas,” he said. “Many of the other schools showed gains as well, but for them to show gains in all five content areas, it shows exceptional effort by students and teachers.”

County schools saw “tremendous gains” compared to previous numbers, said Kevin Bales, middle grades school improvement specialist.

He listed South Hall and West Hall middle schools, and Martin Elementary were notable in their progress.

“We had several elementary schools that showed tremendous growth in science and social studies,” he added.

The data collected from the CRCT is used for individual school improvement plans. The scores offer a comparison to how each school did in previous years, and also help to provide target goals for the upcoming school year, both Moore and Bales said

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