Georgia teachers no longer will have to wait for the results of end-of-year exams to know how successful their lessons have been, thanks to a new online tool that aims to boost student achievement statewide.

The Online Criterion Referenced Competency Test provides access to short assessments containing questions similar to those found on the actual state test, which is given to all students in first through eighth grades. The practice site, which debuted Jan. 30, is much more sophisticated and user-friendly than what was available to the state’s teachers in the past, officials say.

Students will be able to take two kinds of tests: those put together by the computer, or tests constructed by their teachers from a database of more than 4,700 questions using an online “shopping cart” approach.

Results, which are are available to teachers as soon as the students are finished, will immediately identify skills that need to be reinforced. Having this information months before students take the actual test will give teachers time to help students who are falling behind in specific areas, officials say.

The practice tests cover math, science, social studies, and language arts. Reading questions were being fine-tuned at press time but were expected to be available later this spring.