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Great job on CRCT, Walker MS students
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Editor, Students at Walker Middle School in Long County have made significant gains in student achievement during the past five years. I attribute this to the hard work and dedication of the students and teachers; the academic coaches, Janet Poole and Beverly Hill; the assistant  principals, Heath Crane and Shawn Peek; and the support staff.
According to the Georgia Department of Education, CRCT results reflect a tremendous gain in reading scores, from 75 percent of students meeting DoE expectations in 2005 to 90 percent meeting expectations in 2010. Those exceeding expectations also showed significant improvement from 9.1 percent of students exceeding expectations to 26.6 percent exceeding expectations in reading.
Gains were also made in math scores, from 75 percent meeting expectations in 2005 to 80 percent in 2010. Those exceeding expectations also showed significant gains from 2005 where 17.7 percent of students exceeded expectations to 25.2 percent exceeding expectations in math.
Walker students also scored better than the state average in almost every area in every grade, including grades four through eight. According to the First District Regional Educational Service Agency, Walker fifth grade writing scores also topped the charts with 75 percent of students meeting expectations, compared with immediate surrounding counties, including Liberty, 74 percent; Wayne, 66 percent; Tattnall, 46 percent; and Mcintosh, 61 percent. Go Wildcats!

— Vicky Wells,
Principal, Walker Middle School
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