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The CRCT - Standardized Testing in Georgia

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About the CRCT


The CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests) is a standardized test given to students in Georgia to test individual student performance, school systems' teaching of Georgia Performance Standards, and the general state of education in Georgia.

What does the CRCT evaluate?

Covered subjects are reading, English/language arts, math, social studies and science. The test are based on Georgia Performance Standards.

Who takes the CRCT?

Originally, all students in grades 1-8 took the CRCT. In the 2010-2011 school year, testing in grades 1 and 2 was eliminated due to budget issues.

In what format are the questions?

All questions are multiple choice.

What are the consequences for students who fail CRCT exams?

Students in grade 3 must pass reading to move on to fourth grade. Students in grades 5 and 8 must pass reading and math to be promoted. If students fail these exams, they can study or attend summer school and take a retest. A student who passes on the second try can move up to the next grade. A second failure automatically triggers a conference with the student's principal, teachers, and parents. If they unanimously agree that the student should be promoted, the student can move up without having passed the exam. Otherwise, the student will repeat the previous grade.

How common is it for students to fail parts of the CRCT and/or be held back?

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "in 2009, at least 77,910 of the state's third-, fifth- and eighth-graders failed the CRCT. But that year, only 61,642 students in all 12 grades were held back for a myriad of reasons, including poor attendance, classroom grades and CRCT scores."

How can a child study for the CRCT?

The Georgia Department of Education has an Online Assessment System which enables students to take practice tests. They receive a login and password from their school. This website has practice CRCT tests in all subject areas for all grades.

When is the test administered?

The CRCT is given in April, usually the week after spring break.

Are students with learning disabilities or students learning English as a second language required to take the CRCT?

Yes, all students must take the test. However, there is a possibility of an alternate test in certain circumstances or a one-year deferment for bilingual students.

What are the statewide results of the CRCT?

View the school-, system-, and state-level CRCT scores for 2010 here

When do students learn their personal scores on the CRCT?

Results are sent to the schools and parents in May.

What kinds of scores to students receive?

Students are not compared to each other; they are assessed on their mastery of Georgia Performance Standards. Therefore, the CRCT does not include a ranking or percentile score. The scores are Meets Expectations, Does Not Meet Expectations, and Exceeds Expectations.

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