Carrollton City Schools will administer the CRCT to students third through eighth grades April 16-20, according to Wina Low, director of student services and the systemwide coordinator over standardized testing for Carrollton City Schools.
The CRCT, based on Georgia’s required curriculum, is the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test. It will be given to students at Carrollton Junior High, Carrollton Middle School and Carrollton Elementary.
An important point for parents of third, fifth and eighth graders to keep in mind, says Low, is that their children must perform at grade level on certain sections of the CRCT to be promoted to the next grade. Third graders must pass the reading section to enter fourth grade next year while fifth and eighth graders must meet objectives for both reading and math to be promoted.
“Students who don’t score well will be given the opportunity for remediation and take the tests again the last week of school,” said Low. She added that for students who still don’t score high enough, a committee will consider placement options based on multiple factors including the results of the CRCT.
Attendance during the testing window is very important as make-up tests are for unplanned absences only. For students who do miss testing because of unforeseen circumstances, make-up tests must be completed by Thursday, April 26.
CRCT practice tests are available through the state Department of Education’s Online Assessment System. Each student has a unique username and password that parents can get from their child’s teacher. To access the practice site, go to www.georgiaoas.org.