The cost of testing Georgia’s students will likely quadruple by 2014 as the state rolls out a replacement for the current Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. Georgia education leaders are helping develop the test that will assess student learning under new national Common Core standards.
For the fourth year in a row, students across Georgia posted gains on the state’s standardized tests, or CRCTs. The scores released by the Department of Education Thursday show that third through eighth graders are performing better on nearly every test subject and grade level.
The Dougherty County School Board said two principals have resigned and two teachers have been terminated in the wake of allegations of widespread cheating. Three other principals have been reassigned pending evidence from investigators.
More Georgia students are passing the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. The 2011 results released Thursday show the passage rate is up in almost every grade and content area.The state made the largest gains in Math—a subject that has been troublesome for Georgia students overall in the past.
Some Georgia schools have added security measures for a high-stakes test this month. Students statewide are taking the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state is sending test monitors into schools previously suspected in cheating scandals. Atlanta schools have the most serious charges and security.