After missing four class days because of snow and ice this winter, Muscogee County School District students and teachers will have more time to prepare for the state's standardized exams.
Instead of students starting the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests the week following spring break, they will start a week later, the district announced Wednesday.
"While at least four instructional days do not have to be made up due to inclement weather, the Georgia Department of Education has granted school districts the ability to move the CRCT test timeline," Valerie Fuller, the district's communications director, said in a news release.
The district will administer the CRCT April 15-25. Here is the schedule:
April 15: Reading
April 16: English/language arts
April 17: Math
April 18: Make-up
April 21: Make-up
April 22: Science
April 23: Social Studies
April 24: Make-Up
April 25: Make-Up
Students in grades 3-8 take the CRCT. "Grades 1-2 will not take the CRCT due to budget constraints," Fuller said.
The tests are designed to measure how well students have learned the state-mandated content standards in the core subjects. The tests also indicate academic strengths and weaknesses for students, classes, schools, districts and the state.
CRCT scores especially are important for students in grades 3, 5 and 8 because they help determine whether they may advance to the next grade.
Fuller listed the following tips for parents and guardians to help their children do their best on the CRCT and throughout the school year:
Make sure students are on time and present for class daily.
Make sure each child has a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is served 30 minutes before school.
Communicate with their child about school lessons and review.
Communicate with the teacher.
Attend activities and events at the school.
Set a schedule that allows for daily study.
Use family routines and business matters as teachable moments and learning experiences.
Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.