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No letup in sight on testing
CRCT finished, but school year far from over
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Sawnee Elementary students, from left, Lexi Raymond, Braden Krohn and Sydney Smith play a word game as the spend time in class on Tuesday. Students recently finished the CRCT testing. - photo by Jim Dean
Elementary and most middle school students can breathe a sigh of relief now that they’ve finished taking the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests.But while the pressure may be off for them, End of Course Tests loom for eighth-graders and high schoolers.“We’re just gearing up for testing,” said Kathy Wigley, a counselor at North Forsyth High.“Our EOCTs start on May 2 … and the EOCT is their final, so it’s a big part of their grade. During that same time, we have kids preparing for the [Advanced Placement] exams, so it’s extremely stressful, particularly for kids taking AP classes.”Students in AP courses must pass the exam in order to receive college credit. However grade-wise, Wigley said the End of Course Tests carry more weight, since they count as a final exam.“A lot of the time it will affect how they pass their class,” she said.