While students in Georgia are heading back to school, school leaders in Dougherty County are reminding them and their parents of the new testing system.
State leaders replaced the CRCT and End of Course Testing with Georgia Milestones.
It will measure critical thinking by asking open ended questions which will give educators a better understanding of students' progress.
"You still have four different types of questions. Instead of all multiple choice, which there still will be some multiple choice, you have some short answer, short response. You have some that require a little bit of an extended response and then you have some that are going to require an extensive response. Where you really have to explain your rationale for solving the problem," explained Renee Bridges, the DCSS system test coordinator.
Educators say they're expecting a learning curve the first year.
"A big thing that I would probably suggest to parents right now is whenever your child does the homework at home, please don't just check to make sure they did it. Sit down with them and make them explain it to you. They need to get into that ability to verbalize their thought process. And then take that information and transfer it to writing," said Bridges.
30 percent of the system will have to take the tests online. But test officials still don't know exactly how those students will be selected.
Dougherty County school leaders expect to have informational sessions for parents in the near future.