The CRCT (PowerPoint)

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					September 22, 2010
     Presented by
      Kelli Lester
    What exactly is the CRCT?
 The Criterion Reference Competency Test is a state
 test. It is used to identify individual student
 strengths and weaknesses and by the state to gauge
 the quality of education throughout the state of

 It is Criterion Referenced, which means the scores
  reflect students achievement of certain criteria…in
  our case the AKS.
                   The CRCT
 It has six subtests: math, reading, language arts,
  science, social studies, and reference materials

 The CRCT will be administered to grades 3-5 from
  April 18-22.
     Promotion Requirements
 Students in Grades 3-5 are required to pass the reading
 subtest to be promoted to the next grade level. They
 may retake the reading test in July, during summer

 Passing report card grades.
             ESOL and Students
                with an IEP
 Students who receive direct ESOL services are not
 required to pass the CRCT for promotion.

 If a student received support and has an IEP, the IEP is
 the determining factor as to whether or not a student
 will be promoted.
        Ways to Build a Better Reader
              3rd – 5th Grade…

     Children are now reading to learn new

  They can identify author’s purpose in a text,
     read and organize information, identify
 examples of fact, fiction and opinion in text,
understand development of plots and understand
   how problems are resolved in a story, make
inferences and draw conclusions and understand
         cause and effect relationships.
What does all this mean?
 Cause and effect

 The farmer waters his vegetables. What would be the
 A. The vegetables died.
 B. A rabbit came and ate all the vegetables.
 C. The vegetables froze.
 D. The vegetables grew big and tasty.
What does all this mean?
 Author’s purpose
  To inform-give information, teach
  To persuade-try and convince
  To entertain-tell a story
What does all this mean?
 Read and organize information:

 What happened first, next, last….
 What happened after, before….
 What happened in the beginning, middle, end

 As you read with your child, ask these types of
What does all this mean?

 Fact, fiction, or opinion?

 Decide which of these describes a sentence or story.

 Example
 The elephant is a large mammal.   FACT
 The cat danced and sang.      FICTION
 The dog is the best pet.      OPINION
What does all this mean?
 Making inferences
Students must be able to make their own conclusions.
Ray always carried his flute with him.
What can we infer from this?
The flute was important to him.

Grandma’s mouth dropped open. Her hands flew to her
Grandma is surprised.
How Can I Help My Child At Home?
 Make reading part of your child's world.
 Read books with them and to them, aiming
 for a total of 30 minutes of book-sharing
 time each day.
 Incorporate reading into everyday
  activities. Post a chore list on the
  refrigerator, play board games like
  Scrabble Junior.
How Can I Help My Child at Home?
 Together, read a title of a story, a
  magazine article, or a newspaper article.

 Guess what the story or information will be
  about and share the ideas.

 Then read the article or story together to
  check your accuracy
How Can I Help My Child at Home?
 Take turns. When your child is ready to read
 to you, start by taking turns. You read one
 page, they read the next, and so on.

 Ask deeper questions. Help your child build
 comprehension skills by asking questions about
 the story, such as why they think a character
 did something and what may come next.

 Talk to your child about which books are their
 favorites and have them try to explain why.
How Can I Help My Child at Home?
Encourage your child to select various types
 of books to read – fiction, non-fiction,
 poetry, children’s magazines, etc.

 Find books to match your child’s interests
 (cars, animals, sports, etc).

Ask your child why he/she thinks the author
 wrote the book.
 Expose your child to nonfiction books. Talk about
 what the table of contents, index, and glossary do.

 Nonfiction is very popular for boys!
How Can I Help My Child at Home?
 Visit the library with your child. Help your child
 get a library card and understand how to care for
 and return borrowed books.

 Make sure your child sees you reading!

 Praise your child! Learning to read smoothly is hard
 work and might frustrate them at times. Encourage
 your child by praising their efforts, paying
 attention when they want to read, and making your
 reading time together fun.
How Can I Help My Child At Home?
 Online CRCT Practice. The website is

 You will need your child's ID and password. You can get
  the ID from your child’s teacher. The password is LEARNIT
(the online CRCT practice will not be available until after the

 This is a great way for children to become familiar with the
  layout of the test and the style and format of the questions.

 Read, read, read.
 Tips for Successful Test Taking
 Make sure your child gets a good night sleep. This is
  especially important as the test is taken first thing in the

 Make sure your child gets a healthy breakfast.

 Dress your child in layers so they are comfortable during
  the test administration.

 Make sure your child is on time. If a child is late and
  testing has already begun, they will not be able to take the
  test that day…they will have to take a make-up test.
  Parent Information and Resource
  Center (PIRC)

    Parent Information and Resource Center
Metro Atlanta Region: Communities in Schools of
      600 West Peachtree Street, Suite 1200
                  Atlanta, GA 30308
    Julie Hollis, Director -
                    (800) 838-5784
Thank you for attending!

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