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. ...

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