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The CRCT Test -- What if my Child Doesn't Pass?

In Georgia, the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) is being used to determine whether each third grader will be promoted into the fourth grade, or whether they will have to repeat the third grade. This is the first year the test is being used for this purpose.

The CRCT is scored with a maximum of 450 points; 300 points (66%) is considered "Meets the Criteria" for passing.

What can you do if your child does not meet the criteria, and is not promoted?

A thorough assessment of your child's individual strengths and weaknesses is the place to start. Our assessment process is comprehensive, but not expensive. We do not perform unnecessary tests just to be able to charge you or your insurance thousands of dollars. We have a huge library of tests, and training and experience in virtually every type of learning and personality test. We spend time with you and your child first , so we can begin the process of narrowing down the factors and discovering the specific problems that are causing the lower performance.

Specific tests that might be performed include tests for attention processes, auditory and visual memory, intelligence ("IQ tests"), and emotional factors (depression, anxiety). The tests that we might perform include:

  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - version IV (WISC-IV)
  • Integrated Visual/Auditory Continuous Performance Test (IVACPT)
  • Children's Auditory-Verbal Learning Test - version 2 (CAVLT-2)
  • Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI)
  • Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA)
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale - second edition (WMS-II)
  • Roberts' Apperception Test for Children (RATC)
  • Kaufmann Brief Intelligence Test (K-BIT)
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory for Adolescents (MMPI-A)

Once we have identified the specific strengths and weaknesses in your child's abilities, then we can prescribe a specific, individualized set of treatments or procedures to correct the areas of weakness. We might recommend medication or neurofeedback for moderate to severe attention problems, or computer-based cognitive training for slight to moderate attention or learning problems. When we write a report, you may use that to obtain appropriate help for your child in the school through special services and/or accomodations (for example, extra time on tests, etc.)

History of the CRCT in Georgia

Georgia law, as amended by the A+ Education Reform Act of 2000, requires that all students in grades one through eight take the CRCT in the content areas of Reading, English/Language Arts, and Mathematics. Students in grades three through eight are also assessed in Science and Social Studies. The CRCT only assesses the content standards outlined in the Quality Core Curriculum (QCC).

For more information, visit the CRCT Information Web site

http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ci_testing.aspx?PageReq=CI_TESTING_CRCT

The CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the QCC. The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to the instruction of the QCC, and to gauge the quality of education throughout Georgia.

For more information on the QCC, visit the Quality Core Curriculum Web site:

https://www.georgiastandards.org/Standards/Pages/QCC.aspx