ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Dougherty County School System may no longer administer Criterion Referenced Competency Tests to first and second graders after the state cut funding for the early grade testing.
The Instructional Services/Accountability committee recommended the School Board do away with the exams. The system says this is purely a budget issue and has nothing to do with the state's erasure analysis that brought up questions about possible test tampering.
"We felt like it helped prepare students for the testing process, however the economy being what it is there are other means for students to gain testing practice and familiarity on how standardized testing works and we hope those will stand the children well in their preparation for third grade CRCT," said R.D. Harter, Dougherty County School System Public Information Officer.
The board must change its policy because right now Dougherty County students must pass the CRCT to advance to the next grade. Administrators say if the change is approved, they'll use other means of assessing the students to determine if they'll move on.