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Dougherty students prepare for CRCT

April 3, 2006

Albany - Many Dougherty County students are gearing up for the most important test of the year, the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. First through eighth graders must pass the standardized test to be promoted to the next grade. Testing starts next Monday.

Students at Alice Coachman Elementary have been preparing for the CRCT since the first day of school.

"We don't wait for the last minute and say we can crunch everything in one week, we start from day one," said fifth grade teacher Clifton Alexander.

Every student at the school takes a practice test each Friday morning.

"It helps us boost up our test scores and get ready for the CRCT," said fifth grader Deshod Holley.

Students are taught the curriculum they'll see on the state mandated test. Their progress is monitored throughout the year.

Fifth grader Quinshalia Collins said, "I'm ready because I know everything, and I've been paying attention in class."

System Test Coordinator Renee Bridges says the school system works to take the pressure off students, while still emphasizing how important the test is to a student's success.

Bridges said, "The state requires graders three, five and eight to pass the CRCT. But in Dougherty County, we believe everybody should be held to the same standard. So everybody in one through eight must pass the CRCT."

If a student fails, they must go to summer school and retake the test. Testing runs from Monday through Friday of next week. First and second graders only take three days of tests, reading, language arts and math sections. It takes about three weeks to get back the scores.

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