When students return from spring break on Tuesday, April 10, they will begin to take the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).
What is the CRCT?
The CRCT is given annually to students in grades 3–8 and is designed to measure how well students have learned the state standards during the school year. The assessment is customized to measure students’ understanding of Georgia’s standards and is not a measuring stick to compare Georgia students with their peers across the nation.
The state provides the assessment that measures student knowledge in five content areas. The standards differ at each grade level and may include:
- Reading - vocabulary, comprehension, reading skills, literary comprehension, reading for information, media literacy
- English/language arts - grammar, phonics, sentence construction, research, writing
- Mathematics - number and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, algebra
- Science - Earth science, physical science, life science, astronomy, hydrology and meteorology, geology, cells and genetics, interdependence of life, evolution, structure of matter, force and motion, and energy and its transformations
- Social studies - history, geography, government and civics, and economics
Test results measure students’ strengths and weakness help educators improve how they teach state standards in the classroom and can be one indicator of the quality of education in Georgia. Learn more about the CRCT from the Georgia Department of Education.
Preparing for the CRCT
The first step is to take a deep breath and relax!
The test measures how well students have acquired the knowledge and skills during the course of the year. Teachers help students review their learning and understand how to mark their answers on the standardized answer sheets.
Families may download CRCT study guides for each grade level from the state education department’s website.
Don’t forget your #2 pencils. And seriously, enjoy another deep breath and relax. That goes for students, parents, and teachers alike.