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Hall County elementary school students de-stress before tests
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White Sulphur Elementary School students leave a pep rally Wednesday for today’s CRCT. - photo by NAT GURLEY

Standardized testing has never been so much fun.

Hall County elementary students spent part of Tuesday and Wednesday gearing up for this year’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, with schools holding pep rallies before testing begins today.

Testing in Hall schools will run through May 8. Gainesville City elementary schools tested April 21-25, while middle school students finished testing on Tuesday.

Gainesville Exploration Academy students hosted a CRCT “prom,” dancing away any stress or nerves before sitting down for the tests.

Students take the CRCT beginning in third grade, all the way up through eighth grade. It measures proficiency in English/language arts, mathematics, reading, science and social studies.

Results from the tests are used to calculate results for the College and Career Ready Performance Index, the state’s method of evaluating schools.

This is expected to be the last year Georgia students will take the CRCT; the state has plans to develop its own tests for the next school year.