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      No CRCT tests for first and second graders this year

      The Dougherty County School System will not administer state CRTC tests to first and second graders this year.

      The Dougherty County School System will not administer state CRTC tests to first and second graders this year.

      The decision came after the legislature removed state funding to pay for the tests. That means prices would likely more than double if the school system wanted pay for the tests on their own.

      Administrators say they are considering ordering sample tests at a cheaper price to make sure that students get practice.

      "We'll have some form of standardized practice for students in first and second grade, so that they don't go into third grade having sat in a standardized test room," said Dougherty County School System Public Information Officer R.D. Harter. "That is our goal; to make sure that the student achieves academically on a higher level everyday and that they come to tests ready to take the tests."

      Third grade is the first test year that counts toward AYP state standards.

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