CRCT Parent Test Information2008
Lewis Frasier Middle School
Georgia’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests
• The Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are state
mandated achievement tests for students in grades 1 through 8.
• These tests are designed to measure students’ attainment of the
knowledge and skills set forth in the state’s curriculum (Georgia
Performance Standards or GPS).
• The primary purpose of the CRCT is to provide a valid measure
of the quality of educational services throughout the state.
• In addition, the CRCT serves as an accountability measure as
part of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) required by the
federal No Child Left Behind law. More information can be
found at www.ed.gov/nclb
CRCT OVERVIEW: Test Construction
• Content Areas
– Grades 3 – 8: Reading, Math, ELA, Science, & Social Studies
• All items are “Selected Response” (multiple choice)
• Field Test items
– Help to create a pool of items for future test administrations.
– Are included with Operational items in all content areas at all
– Are not reported as part of the student’s score.
Content Area Test Schedule
• Main Administration: (Please check with your school)
Tuesday: English/Language Arts
Friday: Social Studies
• Make-up Testing
– Make-up tests will be given each afternoon of testing and
and the following two school days after main administration
Testing will begin at approximately 8:30am and should
conclude by 11:15am
For all grades and all content areas:
Prep for testing approximately 10-20 min.
Section one minimum 45 mins /maximum 70 mins
Break approximately 10 minutes
Section two minimum 45 mins /maximum 70 mins
(All content area test items are based on the Georgia Performance Standards)
Performance Level 1 (Does not meet)
GPS 650 - 799
Performance Level 2 (Meets)
GPS 800 - 849
Performance Level 3 (Exceeds)
GPS 850 - 950
(Before the end of school, scores will be
received electronically only for 8th graders that
do not achieve Level 2.)
In compliance with the Georgia Promotion, Placement, and
Retention law (O.C.G.A. §§ 20-2-282 through 20-2-285) and
State Board of Education Rule (160-4-2-.11), all 3rd, 5th and 8th
students are required to achieve the Meets Standards level or
Level 2 (minimum of 800) on the CRCT in both Reading and
Math in order to be promoted to the next grade.
Additionally, students must pass 4 of their 5 subjects in order to be
Eighth grade students who do not achieve a Meets (Level 2)
and have passed at least 4 of their content subjects for the
school year will be provided with an opportunity for
additional instruction prior to retesting in the appropriate
Additional Remediation/Retest Administration
Remediation and retesting at LFMS will be provided only to students
in 8th grade who were retained due to not meeting standards
(level 2) on the Reading and/or Math sections of the CRCT.
Remediation: Please contact school for dates (8:00am-12:00pm)
Transportation will be provided along with a light breakfast and
Retest Administration: will be conducted during the two days
Exception Testing-Qualified students who miss the system’s
scheduled Retest window may receive an exception to test within
the state Retest Administration window. All requests for exception
testing must be approved through the GaDOE. Contact Susan
Norce (876-5925) at the BOE.
All testing materials are secure items; therefore, precautions
will be taken by the staff to store and administer the test
under secure conditions.
Students may not be coached or helped by testing
Test items may not be read to the student unless part of
his/her IEP or ELL accommodations.
Students may not have any electronic devices in the
Students will not be allowed to use calculators on the
mathematics portion of the test.
Administration of test
• One content area will be tested per day.
Each content area has two sections and both
sections must be administered the same day.
• Students can write in the test books but only
answers on the answer booklets will be
scored. Highlighters are not allowed.
• Students should not make stray marks on the
• Once a student closes his or her test booklet, he or she
will not be permitted to reopen the test booklet.
• Encourage your child to have something to read once
they are finished with the test (must be unrelated to the
content being tested).
• Students may not lay their heads on their desks and
cover themselves with their jacket or blankets.
• No electronic devices are allowed (against the school
rules and increases the chances of cheating).
Fire/Bomb Threat (student safety is the priority)
• Testing materials will not be taken outside.
Students will place their answer sheet inside
their test booklet and close the booklet, leaving
it on their desks.
• Teachers and students will vacate the building.
• Students may not talk while waiting to return to
• Upon return to the classroom, testing will
resume for the remaining time.
• Students will not be allowed to leave the
classroom unless it is an emergency.
• Emergencies include: vomiting, diarrhea, fainting,
medication reactions, etc.
Please help us by…. encouraging your child to be
in school each day during the CRCT
• It has been proven that students tend to do better
on standardized tests when they take them during
the regular testing time with their peers.
• If you need to make an appointment for your child,
please try to schedule it during the afternoon.
• We will not interrupt a test session in order to
call a student out.
Please help us by….. making sure that your child
has a good night’s rest.
A student will be able to focus better if he or she is
Please help us by……. providing a nutritious
• Research has shown that a student’s score improves
when he or she is not hungry.
• Try to furnish more protein type foods (cheese, meats,
nuts, oatmeal) and avoid sweets.
• The student’s teacher may allow snacks during breaks in
the test. If so, please do not allow your child to bring
chips, cookies, or candy. These types of food provide a
quick but not sustained energy boost.
• Breakfast is always available at school each morning
prior to homeroom.
Please help us by….. trying to avoid emotional
disagreements with your child.
• When a child is worried about a parent’s feelings,
he or she has less focus on test questions.
• Try to be positive and supportive.
Please help us by…… having your child at school
• Rushing and worrying about being late could affect
performance on the test.
• Students who are tardy to school will wait in the
media center and will make-up the test the next
• No students will be allowed to enter the classroom
once testing has begun.
Please help us by encouraging your child to…..
• follow directions carefully,
• avoid careless errors,
• review his or her work,
• understand the seriousness of the test but not to be
too anxious, and
• appreciate your confidence in their ability.
Please help us by….
• explaining that it is okay not to know all of the
answers. Point out that some items may be
more difficult than others.
• telling your child to skip questions to which
they do not know the answer. They can come
back to the questions later to answer them.
• encouraging your child to go to the restroom
and sharpen his/her pencils during homeroom.
What teachers have been doing to prepare……
• Teaching to the Georgia Performance Standards
in their subject areas
• Using the CRCT Coach Book
• Practicing questions for the CRCT (Georgia
Online Assessment System)
RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
• Information concerning the Georgia
Performance Standards (GPS) and the Criterion
Reference Competency Test (CRCT)
can be found at:
• Students can practice using state-created tests at