So long, CRCT. Hello, GMAP.
The state Board of Education voted today to have a firm develop a standardized test to replace the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, which has been given to Georgia students for the past 14 years.
The new test, which will be called the Georgia Measures of Achievement and Progress, will be offered at the end of the upcoming school year.
While the name of the new test is known, other key facts – namely, which firm will develop the test and how much it will cost Georgia taxpayers – remain unknown. State procurement rules forbid the state Department of Education from disclosing the firm or the costs until the contract is reviewed by the Georgia Department of Administrative Services.
The CRCT cost $11 million to administer last year, and end-of-course tests cost just over $7 million. Those prices were negotiated in 2006, when the state hired CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop its standardized tests.
The new test is expected to cost more than the CRCT because the cost of testing, like nearly everything else, has risen since 2006. Costs will also rise because some of the testing will be open-ended and must be graded by people instead of by a machine, which grades the exclusively-multiple choice CRCT now.
By Wayne Washington