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Georgia Standards of Excellence and Georgia Performance Standards

over 2 years ago


LCES teaches the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Reading/ELA and Math. Science and Social Studies curriculum fall under the Georgia Performance Standards. 

Testing Information

over 2 years ago

Standardized Testing at LCES

Standardized tests are designed to give a common measure of how well students are doing.

Tests are one important tool to help you and the school measure how well your child is learning. That’s why it’s important for you as a parent to know all you can about standardized testing.

Standardized tests are created to see how students from one school or class compare to other students across the state or the country. Some tests measure students’ aptitude-their ability to learn. They test a broad range of skills and abilities that can help students do well in school. Other tests measure achievement-how much students have already learned.

The Criterion Referenced Competency Tests, CRCT is designed to measure students understanding of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). State standards are designed to spell out what is expected of students. These standards are set by the State Board of Education. It was given for the last time in April, 2014.

This school year students will be given the Georgia Milestones to grades 3-5. This test will consist of multiple choice and constructed response questions. (Click here to see an introduction video to Georgia Milestones)

You can help your child do better on test by using the following strategies:
•    Write the date and time of Georgia Milestones on your calendar. You can find the dates in the calendar section on the left side of the screen. Avoid scheduling appointments or trips during these times.
•    Ask the teacher what you can do at home to help prepare your child.
•    Encourage your child to read. The easiest and best way to prepare your child for doing well on tests is to read often.
•    Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep. Provide a good breakfast.
•    Have your child dress in layers-kids do better on tests if they don’t have to think about how hot or cold they are.
•    Don’t be too anxious. Say, “This test is important. I know you will try hard and do your best.” Your confidence will be contagious.
On the day of the test, give your child these tips:
•    Do the best you can. If you do not know an answer, narrow the choices down and make a good guess. If you have time come back to the question later.
•    Check your answers carefully. Make sure the number of your answers corresponds to the numbers of the questions on the test.

Remember that a test is like a snapshot. It is a one-time look at a child’s performance. All children have skills and knowledge that tests do not measure. A single test score does not tell you everything about your child.

For more information visit the

Georgia Department of Education