State Doesn't Track Students Who Fail CRCT's

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About 36,000 8th graders failed the standardized math test required to move on to high school last year.

But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the state has no idea which students dropped out, were held back, or were promoted despite failing the mandatory test.

"If it's going to be a state requirement then they need to keep up with it if it's just going to be some words that they say then they ought to just give the test and give their little scores and not worry about it," said Mariea Hester, mother of five.

If a student is unable to pass the CRCT, the state lets each school system decide what to do with the students who didn't meet standards.

Unfortunately, some of the school systems admit they don't keep up with the student's statistics either.

"I think it should be done somewhat at the state level just because you can look at the big picture and can look at overall testing and overall effects of testing on the success rate of student promotion rates and it would really surprise me that that's not being done," said Laine Reichert, 9th grade Assistant Principal at Thomas County Central High School.

But in Thomas County, officials say they not only track struggling students, but also have special programs in place for them.

"We're concerned not only about them through the year but we're giving them the extra privilege to come back to sustain those skills so that we can help them towards the next years learning," said Debra Knight, Principal at Thomas County Central Middle School.

But many educators argue that without statewide data, officials cannot properly gage if the tests are serving their purpose.