Standardized Test Time for Georgia Students

The results will determine whether or not they make the grade. After months of practice, the Criterion Reference Competency Test, or CRCT, is finally here.

Students in first through eighth grade are required by the state of Georgia to take the exam. They are tested in reading, math, science and social studies.

Harold Singletary, a fifth grade teacher, says, "We have really concentrated and done lots of practice tests; we have a CRCT practice that's on the computer that every child can log on from home or here in the school.”

The efforts by teachers also put a lot of pressure on them.

Felisha Hardy, a third grade teacher, says, "I want to make sure that the things I’ve given them, the things I've taught them are the things that are gonna stick and that they're going to use while they are taking the test."

Students who don't pass the CRCT have the opportunity to attend summer school and retake the exam. If they don't pass the test, they have to repeat the grade.

Dixon Vanhood, a third grade teacher, says, "It gives everybody a mark that they need to go for, and without it, you know, some of them may not strive to meet that mark."

Fortunately, students at Cross Creek were confident in their performance.

Gini Hancock, a fifth grader, says, "The test was pretty easy, not really many hard questions, nothing I wasn't used to."

Bo Stanley, also a fifth grader, adds, "If you don't pass the test and all, and then you keep on going to the next grade, you are gonna be falling behind on all your work and always need tutoring and stuff."

Each school will receive a score or "adequate yearly progress" that will help them set up curriculum and areas of focus for the next school year.