Steady improvement for Georgia 8th graders on CRCT math

The Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) is given every year in reading, English/language arts and math in first through eighth-grades. Students third through eight are also tested in science and social studies. A 2001 state law requires third-graders pass reading and eighth-graders pass reading and math in order to be promoted to the next grade. Due to budget cuts, the CRCT wasn’t given in first and second grade during the 2013-14 school year. Next year, the CRCT will be replaced by a new, more challenging test called the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. From 2009-2014, the percentage of Georgia 8th graders who exceeded standards in mathematics has steadily risen while the percentage of those who failed to meet standards has been cut nearly in half.