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Indicator 2:

Fourth grade reading proficiency

vs. Georgia

What does it measure?

This indicator measures the percent of fourth grade students that met or exceeded the Georgia Performance Standard set for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

Why is it important?

It indicates how successful public schools were in meeting the annual measurable objectives established by the Georgia Department of Education. In general terms, reading skills in the fourth grade begin to transition from "Learning to Read" to "Reading to Learn." Reading achievement is correlated with performance in other subjects because reading is a necessary building block for the development of other skills.

How are we doing?

CRCT reading scores decreased at the county level and stayed the same at the state level for the 2012-2013 school year, as compared to the previous year.  The latest data follows the trend of Chatham County (86.7%) scoring below Georgia (90.2%), but now a modest gap of 3.5 percentage points separates the two.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

  Year Chatham




2000 62% 65%
2001 75% 74%
2002 79% 79%
2003 72% 80%
2004 72% 79%
2005 84% 87%
2006 74% 81%
2007 79.5% 84.7%
2008 81.4.5% 87.5%
2009 84.6% 87.3%
2010 85.5% 89.2%
2011 84.3% 87.9%
2012 89.6% 90.2%
2013 86.7% 90.2%