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Georgia Drops CRCT, EOCT Tests for a New Student Progress Assessment System

Albany Herald (GA) (06/04/14) Lewis, Terry

The Georgia Department of Education has announced that it will implement the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System in the 2014-15 academic year. The new system will replace the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests) and the EOCT (End of Course Tests), and it will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards. Education officials say the new system will require more from students and ensure they are prepared for college and career, as well as provide a clearer picture of academic progress. Georgia Milestones will provide a single, consistent testing program for grades 3-12. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said, "We need to know that students are being prepared, not at a minimum-competency level, but with rigorous, relevant education, to enter college, the workforce or the military at a level that makes them competitive with students from other states." The test scores from the new system, however, cannot be used to compare with the previous year's test results and will be used as a baseline for future assessments of student and district progress.
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