Georgia Test Glossary

CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test): The standardized test that was given to students in third through eighth grades in reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies. Last year was the final year of the CRCT; it’s being replaced by a new, tougher test called the Georgia Milestones Assessment.

EOCT (end-of-course tests): Typically given to high school students in several courses determined by the state board of education, including coordinate algebra, analytic geometry, U.S. history and more. These count as the final exam and make up 15 percent to 20 percent of the student’s final grade. Also being replaced next year by the Georgia Milestones Assessment.

Georgia Milestones: The new standardized test that will be offered to Georgia students beginning this school year. It is expected to be more rigorous than the CRCT and will include more open-ended questions.

GHSGT (Georgia High School Graduation Test): This is the last year high school students will be required to pass this test before earning a diploma. The exam has been phased out, although students still have to take and pass the Georgia High School Writing Test. The state board of education will vote soon on whether to eliminate the writing test.

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress): Called “the nation’s report card, ” the NAEP is one of the few tests given nationally that allows for comparison of state-to-state academic performance. It’s given periodically in reading, math, science, writing and other subjects. Typically, only statewide results, no district- or school-level results, are released for the NAEP.

ACT, AP, PSAT, SAT: National tests typically given at the high school level to determine college readiness. These tests often receive the most attention because they are given across the country and allow parents to see how students compare to peers in other districts and states.