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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)
The Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are given in grades one through eight. The test measures specific skills included in the Georgia core curriculum that are considered essential for continued academic progress.

Understanding the scores. CRCT scores are reported as levels. Level I indicates students do not yet meet expectations. Students scoring at Level 2 meet the state's expectations of being on grade level, and students at Level 3 exceed expectations, or are above grade level. Scores are reported by the percent of students in a school scoring at or above grade level. For example, if a school has a score of 87 on Grade 3 math, it means that 87 percent of third graders scored at Level 2 or Level 3 (at or above grade level) in that subject.

2012 Spring CRCT scores 
Previous Years    2011| 2010 | 2009 |2008 |2007 | 2006 |


End of Course Test (EOCT)

The EOCT are criterion-referenced tests, aligned with the state adopted curriculum. Each test is comprised of multiple-choice questions. The purposes of the EOCT are to assess student achievement of the standards in the core courses and to provide diagnostic data in support of improved student achievement.

In 2011-2012 the End of Course Test (EOCT) became Georgia�s high school accountability assessment as part of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI). Any student enrolled in and/or receiving credit for an EOCT course, regardless of grade level will be required to take the EOCT upon completion of courses. Any middle school student enrolled in an EOCT course must also take the EOCT regardless of whether they are receiving high school credit.

EOCT courses are as following:


  • GPS Algebra
  • GPS Geometry
  • Coordinate Algebra*

Social Studies

  • US History
  • Economics


  • Biology
  • Physical Science

English Language Arts

  • 9th Grade Literature and Composition*
  • American Literature and Composition*

*CCGPS beginning Winter 2012 

2012 EOCT scores
Previous Years    2011 |20102009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 


Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)
The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills are norm-referenced tests. Georgia law mandates that a nationally norm-referenced test, such as the ITBS, be administered annually to students in grades three, five, and eight. The purpose of a norm-referenced test is to obtain information about the performance of Georgia's students and compare it with that of students in a national sample. The results are used for evaluation, decision-making, and instructional improvement.

Understanding the scores. The scores are reported in percentiles and show how students compared with other students across the nation. For example, if a percentile score was 66, that school achieved a score that was as high as or higher than 66 percent of the other schools in the nation.

2012 Fall ITBS scores
Previous Years | 2011 |2010| 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006


Grade Five Writing Assessment
Part of the Statewide Testing Program, fifth grade students are assigned an essay topic in one of three genres: narrative, informational, and persuasive. Students are allowed approximately 120 minutes to write their essays.

Understanding the scores. Papers are scored by trained raters using a standardized scoring system. Student writing is assessed analytically in four domains: Ideas, Organization, Style, and Conventions. Analytic scoring will provide detailed information on student writing including scale scores and performance levels. The Grade 5 Writing Assessment will also be linked to a common reporting scale allowing for greater capability to compare scores over time.

2012 Grade 5 writing scores
Previous Years    2011 | 2010| 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | _____________________________________________________

Grade Eight Writing Assessment
This writing assessment consists of an evaluation of the student�s response to an assigned topic. The topic type may be narrative, persuasive, or expository. Students decide the type of writing that best suits their knowledge of and interest in the writing topic.

Understanding the scores. The essays are scored among four domains: Content/Organization, style, Sentence Formation, Usage, and Mechanics. They are assigned scores on a four-point scale, with �1� being the lowest and �4� being the highest.

2013 Grade 8 writing scores
Previous Years    2012 |2011| 2010 | 2009 2008 | 2007 |

The SAT is an optional test given to measure reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning skills related to successful performance in college. The SAT previously tested students through verbal and math sections. The test was restructured in 2005 and now has three sections � math, critical reading, and writing. Each are scored within a range of 200-800 points, combining for a total of 2400 rather than 1600.

Understanding the scores. The new SAT has three sections � math, critical reading, and writing. Each are scored within a range of 200-800 points, combining for a total of 2400.

Comparison of SAT scores from 2011 to 2012
Previous Years   2010 to 2011|2009 to 2010|2008 to 2009|2007 to 2008 | 2006 to 2007 | 2004 to 2006


Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT)
Georgia law requires all students seeking to obtain a high school diploma to pass a set of tests in English/language arts, writing, math, social studies and science. Students first take the tests in their junior year.

Understanding the scores. Scores are reported on the percentage of students passing the test by subject area on the first attempt.

2011 Spring GHSGT scores

Previous Years     2010 |2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

2012 Fall GHSWT scores

Previous Years   2011|2010|2009|2008 | 2007 | 2006



For More Information:

Fulton County Schools Department of Assessment
and Evaluation
404-763-5600, ext. 143

2013-14 Systemwide Testing Calendar

2012-13 Systemwide Testing Calendar

State Board Rule regarding GHSGT variance and waivers

Student Checklist for GHSGT variance and waivers

Detailed test reports are available from the following web sites:

Georgia Department of Education: www.doe.k12.ga.us   

Governor's Office of Student Achievement: