Once again, Toomer's CRCT scores are looking good. The AJC posted the numbers online Monday. I haven't had a chance to really dissect everything(I only looked at 1st, 3rd and 5th grades), but here are the highlights...
Reading scores for third and fifth graders are fantastic. 100% of students met or exceeded expectations. That didn't happen at Morningside, Mary Lin, Neighborhood Charter School, or ANY of the city of Decatur schools. Plus, 64% of third graders and 35% of fifth graders exceeded expectations. First grade numbers aren't as strong (80% met, 33% exceeded); but I see that as demonstrating that Toomer is doing a great job narrowing the achievement gap.
Only Morningside fifth graders had higher math scores than Toomer (of the schools I looked at, of course). 81% of Toomer fifth graders met expectations, 35% exceeded them. Compare that to 74% met/13% exceeded at Mary Lin and 75% met/20% exceeded at Glenwood Academy (Decatur's 4th/5th grade school). (Note that the math scores across the state took a hit because of exam changes this year.) Third grade numbers are respectable, but not as strong relative to the comparison schools (75% met/21% exceeded). Ditto for first grade (87% met/40% exceeded).
The progress that Toomer has made over the past few years is nothing short of remarkable. Goes to show you what a strong administration, good teachers, and involved parents/community members can do.