Students to start CRCTs this week

COVINGTON -- State high stakes testing will begin today and continue until next week.

The Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, better known as the CRCT, will be administered to all students in grades three through eight, from April 16 through 26.

"The CRCT is a very important test, but it is only one measure of your child's achievement," said Newton County School System Director of Testing Carl Skinner. "Therefore, we do not want students to be overly anxious. Please encourage students to relax and to do their very best."

Students will take the reading portion of the tests today and English language arts on Thursday. Next week, they will take math on April 23, science on April 24 and social studies on April 25.

The CRCT assesses the state-adopted curriculum as defined in the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

State law requires that students in third, fifth and eighth grades meet or exceed expectations on the CRCT, or pass the test, in reading in order to be promoted to the next grade level. Fifth and eighth grade students also must pass the math section of the CRCT to move on.

Even with the state receiving a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, which formerly measured schools using Adequate Yearly Progress, the CRCT is still expected to be used in state standards calculations.

Skinner said that parents and guardians can help ensure that students do their very best during this testing period by making sure their children get plenty of rest each night of testing; providing nutritious dinners and breakfasts daily; encouraging their children daily to listen carefully to the instructions; making sure that their children get to school on time each morning of testing; and ensuring their children has his/her prescribed eyewear if needed.

Parents or guarding who have questions regarding testing should contact their child's school for information, according to NCSS officials.

Results generally are released to students before the end of the school year and to the public over the summer.