GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. -- Students at Glynn Middle School in Georgia are kicking off a new school year.
This year, there are several new changes to the school system parents need to know about.
There's a new state assessment that will replace the CRCT, or Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.
"Parents need to know the test is going to be extremely difficult in comparison to the CRCT," said Glynn Middle School principal Michael Blackstone.
It's called the Georgia Measure of Achievement and Progress. This new test will better measure students critical thinking skills. Blackstone said the new test will take some time to prepare for.
"It may not look the same as it has in the past," he said.
Glynn Middle is also joining forced with 'Project Graduation'; a program that targets kids in the sixth grade and moves them through the school system until they graduate from high school.
"It's focusing on providing family support, mentoring, and tutoring for those kids that we've identified that may be at risk," said Jim Weidhaas, Public Information Officer for Georgia schools.
The state has also launched a new teacher evaluation system, meant to grade teachers on how well they are preparing students for the real-world. Educators who are deemed ineffective will be denied the chance to renew their teaching licenses.
Parents and caregivers had mixed emotions as they dropped their kids off at the front door of the school Thursday morning.
"They can be out of my hair and they can go on ahead and get back to school and get back on the right track," said Kat Best, who dropped her younger cousin off to school.
Bobby Bowman said he is confident his son will have a good year.
"I'm feeling really good," he said.
Glynn County has around 13,000 kids enrolled in the upcoming school year.