Ok, so if you are like me, you get confused on what the difference is between Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) – and exactly how this disparity affects you as a parent when getting your child ready for standard testing. This is a good question and one this blog will hopefully clear up.
Both of these are education curricula and standardized testing that is designed to teach and evaluate how well students are learning. But do we have to have both? Well, the long and short of it is, we don’t and soon we won’t. As of right now, both are being taught in the public schools; Common Core in Mathematics and Language Arts, and the Georgia Performance Standard (GPS) in everything else. However, since Common Core Testing is nationwide, it will allow for a better indication on how Georgia is doing when compared to the other states. Because of this, the Georgia public school system is slowly phasing out the CRCT based teaching programs and incorporating Common Core in. Soon Common Core will be the only curriculum taught.
But during this time the parent is left wondering how to get their child ready for standardized testing? And how much difference is between the two tests? Well, there’s not much difference at all. Common Core uses more applied knowledge, more real world applications and critical thinking; but that’s about it.
However, if you are stressing out about your child taking the standardized test, the Houston County Public Libraries have you covered! We have available for checkout, both the CRCT and Common Core practice booklets for the gateway grades (3rd,5th,8th), along with the Common Core 6th &7th grades. These booklets cover both English Language Arts and Mathematics, so if you are interested in checking one of these out, inquire about it at your local library.