LAGRANGE, Ga. — Troup County students in elementary and middle school will begin the CRCT, or Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, on Tuesday and have been busy gearing up for the assessments.
The testing, which covers five core subject areas, spans five days and is the measurement for the federal accountability method No Child Left Behind. In a press release, division officials stated while the test is important educators are trying to "lighten the mood" in the final day of preparation and planned a variety of motivational activities.
Here's a look at what type of activities students have been involved in while readying for the assessments.
- Berta Weathersbee Elementary School is one of several schools hosting "pre-test rallies" to encourage students to do their best. At Berta Weathersbee, the rally theme is “Berta Rocks the Test.” According to the system's press release, the Troup High School drum line and cheerleaders performed and students received encouragement from LaGrange College students.
- In keeping with their theme "Crush the CRCT," Hollis Hand Elementary School students saw a car crushed in the school's front lawn. After writing their names and other various messages on the car, students got to see it crushed courtesy of their Partners in Education company Heritage Construction, the press release stated.
"The car represents the CRCT," Principal Jack Morman said in the statement, "reminding students that with all they have learned and with all the power they have, they are going to crush the test."
- Franklin Forest Elementary School students have been watching short motivational videos each morning in preparation for the CRCT. The videos feature encouraging messages from LaGrange High School athletes and teams.
This week's testing schedule is:
- Tuesday, April 20: Reading for grades 1st-8th
- Wednesday, April 21: Language arts for grades 1st-8th
- Thursday, April 22: Math for grades 1st-8th
- Tuesday, April 27: Science for grades 3rd-8th
- Wednesday, April 28:Social Studies for grades 3rd-8th