The CRCT are state-mandated achievement tests for students
in grades 1 through 8. The CRCT cover the subject areas of reading,
English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Students in grades 1 and 2 do not take the CRCT in science and
The CRCT measure how well a student has acquired the knowledge and skills taught in the state curriculum. The purpose of the tests
is (1) to ensure students are learning at their grade level, and (2) to provide data to teachers, schools, and school districts in order to make better instructional decisions. The tests also serve as an accountability measure and are part of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.