Special to SEGAZINE
By Jenel Few
Next year, Georgia education officials will abandon two tests that have been the standard for measuring how well public schools are performing in favor of one designed to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress.
Savannahians may not like what they see.
Gone will be the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test — CRCT — which elementary and middle school students have taken for 14 years and the end-of-course tests given to measure how well high school students perform in basic courses.
In their place will be something called the Georgia Milestones Test, which is aligned with Common Core, an effort sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to establish consistent educational standards nationally.
Georgia Milestones will be a tougher test with open-ended questions. However many local students are already struggling with the tough new Common Core curriculum and the less complex CRCT and end-of-course tests.