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ATLANTA -- Georgia students are doing better on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.

The 2012 CRCT results, which were released Thursday, show more students meeting and exceeding standards on the standardized test, according to the Georgia Department of Education.

The CRCT measures how well students know the Georgia Performance Standards, which is the state's curriculum.
Georgia adopted the CRCT in 2000 and requires all students in grades three through eight take the CRCT in reading, English/language arts, and mathematics.

"The best news in the 2012 CRCT report is that more of our students are exceeding the standards," Georgia Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "Teachers are doing a great job teaching the more rigorous Georgia Performance Standards and they are to be applauded for raising expectations for all students."

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Last July, a state special investigation alleged that nearly 200 teachers and principals from Atlanta Public Schools had cheated on the tests at 44 schools. The report accused the educators of falsifying test results by changing of wrong answers to right answers or by knowing about the changes and not reporting them.