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Gainesville school board will discuss CRCT analysis
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Gainesville school officials have announced a special called meeting Tuesday to discuss the results of a recent CRCT erasure analysis.

The audit will provide answers to questions surrounding last spring’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

Earlier this month, a pair of auditors from the Pioneer Regional Educational Service Agency visited Gainesville Exploration Academy and Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School to investigate abnormally high erasures on the exam.

The local audit came after the a state review of test score data raised a few red flags in the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. After tracking percentages of wrong-to-right erasures, the office flagged 74 Georgia schools as a “severe concern.” Schools in the severe category were the ones where more than 25 percent of classrooms had an abnormally high percentage of erasures.

Fair Street was placed in the “moderate” category because 13.9 percent of its classrooms had a high percentage of erasures.

Three Hall County schools — Chestnut Mountain Elementary, Lyman Hall Elementary and White Sulphur Elementary — were placed in the minimal concern category.

The governor’s office staff recommended that local systems investigate schools in the severe category, but Gainesville school officials opted to audit both schools.

Out of nearly 2,000 schools that were included in the governor’s office’s initial analysis, about 370 were flagged for having unusual amounts of erasures.

Although no action has been taken locally, the results of the original state review has resulted in about a dozen Georgia educators being sanctioned by the state. Most were banned from public schools for at least 90 days, while at least one administrator was banned for two years.

The called meeting will be held at 11 a.m. at the Gainesville City Schools System central office at 508 Oak St.

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