Making the Score

The results of a very critical state exam are giving Cross Creek Elementary teachers and students something to cheer about.

It's the last day of school before the summer break, but Cross Creek Elementary third graders are celebrating more than that. The scores are in and 95 percent passed the reading portion of the state required CRCT and will be promoted to the fourth grade.

This is the first year Georgia third graders had to pass the test to become fourth graders. Teachers say they owe the success to a new curriculum at the school called "learning focused schools."

Dixon Vanhook, a third grade teacher at Cross Creek, says, "We have planning times with other third grade teachers. We get together as groups and plan together and talk about what works and what doesn't work. We've become better teachers."

Cross Creek Elementary has been on the states needs improvement list since 1996. The school's principal says though it's too early to say for sure, but the results may help boost the school’s chances of being removed from that list this year.

Students say their hard work paid off and now they can relax their minds as they trade in their books for some fun in the sun. Third graders who did not pass will have a chance to take a four week summer course, and retake the test to be promoted.