What is the purpose of the All-Important State Test ending each school year? The test is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the state mandated content standards in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. 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 state standards, and to gauge the quality of education throughout each state.
What content areas and grade levels are tested? Each state has different requirements. For example, 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.
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When was the all important “state test” implemented? For most states, it was implemented in spring 2000, following in suit with “No Child Left Behind” policies. That year, summative, end-of-year assessments in reading, English/language arts, and mathematics were administered in grades four, six, and eight. Assessments in science and social studies (grades three through eight) were administered for the first time in spring 2002. Additionally, assessments in reading, English/language arts, and mathematics were administered in grades one, two, three, five, and seven in spring 2002.
How does the end-of-year “State Test” measure proficiency? It is designed to measure how well students acquire, learn, and accomplish the knowledge and skills set forth in a specific curriculum or unit of instruction. Each state test is specifically intended to test that state’s performance/content standards outlined in the CCGPS/GPS. Norm-referenced tests (NRT), such as the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), measure instructional standards commonly taught throughout the entire United States of America.
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Important Testing Years – For most states, these benchmark years are 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades. When the students take their end of year state test in these grades, they MUST pass the Reading/Language Arts and Math portions of the test in order to move on to the next grade. Students may need some assistance when preparing for this test, because the subject material covered is so extensive. (Check with your local board of education website for state specific testing.)
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