Next spring’s administration of the Criterion Referenced Competency Test — better known as the CRCT — will be the last, Commerce superintendent of schools Joy Tolbert told her school board last week.
Speaking at the Nov. 7 work session, Tolbert advised the board that there will be a new “assessment” as well as new versions of the high school end-of-course-tests.
And the change may result in lower scores.
“It has been multiple choice,” Tolbert noted of the CRCT. “They will add open-ended questions.”
Teachers, she said, are beginning to include more open-ended questions on regular tests to increase the comfort level with such questions.
Since 2000, the CRCT has been the state’s primary standardized test for testing the knowledge of first through eighth graders in reading, English/language arts and math, with third through eighth graders also being tested in science and social studies.
Georgia law currently requires that students take the CRCT in grades 3-8. It assesses only the content standards outlined in the Common Core Performance Standards, which is the curriculum teachers must teach. Students in grades 3, 5 and 8 must pass the CRCT to be promoted to the next grade.