Coweta Board of Education

New state test to replace CRCTs and EOCTs

by Celia Shortt

Coweta County is ready to adopt the new testing system being implemented by the state Board of Education for the 2014-2015 school year.

This new testing system, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, announced Wednesday by state officials will replace both current assessments currently used for students – the CRCTs and EOCTs – and will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

It will also require more from students than the previous testing systems.

Testing coordinator for the Coweta County School System, Dr. Peggy Guebert, said CCSS has been anticipating this new test for about a year.

“It’s going to be a much more rigorous test,” said Guebert.

The reason for the increased rigor is to look for better indicators for student readiness after graduation to enter college or the workplace. “We need to know that students are being prepared, not at a minimum-competency level but with rigorous, relevant education, to enter college, the workforce or the military at a level that makes them competitive with students from other states,” said Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge in a press release on Wednesday.

Barge also said the “increased expectations for student learning” in the new test may mean lower scores in the first year than previous CRCT or EOCT scores.

“With it being new, we know there will be lower scores, but those will be statewide,” said Guebert.

The new test will also be completely online in the next five years, with more of the test being online each year until then.

Guebert says CCSS has had a “very positive experience” with the online testing they have done so far, and the recent technology plan approved by the school board includes the necessary upgrades for the complete test to be online.

“It will positively impact technology in school,” she said. “The testing administration and testing security online will be much better.”

Part of the increased rigor of the new test will be the implementation of open ended questions.

State education said in the press release Wednesday this type of question will “better gauge students’ content mastery.”

The state board announced the adoption of the new Georgia Milestones testing system through a press release on Wednesday. The State of Georgia awarded a $107.8 million, five-year contract to CTB/McGraw-Hill on May 28 to develop the new testing system.



More Local

Gross winner in Reebok Open

Coweta teenager a world-class CrossFitter

Coweta teen Morgan Gross is the top scorer in the world in her division in the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Open. Gross outscored thousands of Cross ... Read More


International literary group tours Moreland

Moreland played host for a group of Australian literary enthusiasts who are currently participating in the Southern Literary Trail. The goal ... Read More


Newnan location highlighted

Genealogical Society holds soft opening in new facility

After weeks of moving, remodeling and organizing, the Coweta County Genealogical Society held its soft opening this week at its new location ... Read More


Newnan Boys and Girls Club has Power of Words

By Wes Mayer wesley@newnan.com Two members of the Newnan Coweta Boys and Girls Club will be heading to Atlanta next week to show off their p ... Read More


First triplets born at new Piedmont

Until Monday, Piedmont Newnan Hospital had yet to see any triplets born at its new facility, which opened in 2012. That all changed when Mar ... Read More

Steakholders restaurant closes doors

Newnan restaurant Steakholders has closed, and its owners say they are thankful for the opportunity they had to serve the community. “ ... Read More