Assessments

Georgia Milestones Assessment System

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course assessment for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education.

Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:
  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level and course within the language arts assessment;
  • norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
  • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-penc​il as back-up until the transition is complete.

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Georgia Milestones EOG

 Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning. Students in grades 3-8 will take an End-of-Grade Assessment in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state's accountability system -- the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). 

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Georgia Milestones EOC

Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning. Students in grades 9-12 will take an End-Of-Course Assessment in the following courses:

×        Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

×        American Literature and Composition

×        Coordinate Algebra

×        Analytic Geometry

×        Algebra 1 (Beginning Winter 2015)

×        Geometry (Beginning Winter 2015)

×        Physical Science

×        Biology

×        U S History

×        Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

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ACCESS

ACCESS for ELLs is administered annually to all English language learners in Georgia. It is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency and progress in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. ACCESS for ELLs meets the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 mandate requiring states to evaluate EL students in grades K - 12 on their progress in learning to speak English.

GKIDS

The primary purpose of GKIDS is to provide ongoing diagnostic information about kindergarten students' developing skills in English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Personal/Social Development, and Approaches to Learning. GKIDS will also provide a summary of student performance in English Language Arts and Mathematics at the end of the kindergarten school year. GKIDS serves as one indicator of first grade readiness. GKIDS will serve both a formative and summative role in assessing kindergarten students.

GAA

The GAA is a portfolio of student work that enables the demonstration of achievement and progress relative to selected skills that are aligned to the Georgia curriculum. The portfolio is used to capture student learning and achievement/progress in four content areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. This assessment program promotes a vision of enhancing capacities and integrated life opportunities for students who experience significant cognitive disabilities. 

EOPA

Georgia's End-of-Pathway Assessment process was derived in direct response to the Perkins IV Legislation, which requires states to implement a measurement mechanism that would ascertain the technical skill attainment level of students participating in career and technical education courses (CTAE). The assessments determine the knowledge, skill and understanding gained by the students in the career pathway. It also provides students who are pathway completers the opportunity to earn certification or certificates that are recognized throughout business and industry in the state and nation while still in high school.

AP

Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses offered by trained high school teachers in the regular high school setting. The teachers are trained by The College Board to offer the course at a college level and have a syllabus approved by The College Board. Students who score at the 3, 4, or 5 level may be able to earn college credit for these courses taken in the high school. Policies for credit differ from college to college, so students should take care to check college admissions and credit policies for the post-secondary school they plan to attend.

PSAT

This exam is an excellent opportunity for students to understand the requirements of the SAT, which is a critical reasoning examination used as a criteria in college admission. Tenth grade students are given this opportunity at Gilmer High School in October free of charge.