Student Assessment

Assessment Overview

Department of Student Assessment

The Department of Assessment, Accountability, and Evaluation is responsible for the administration of all standardized testing, student learning objectives, diagnostic assessments, and locally developed assessments and analyzing the data to measure student performance. Additional information about the assessments your child may take is listed below.

William Marchant, Assessment Coordinator

District Testing

Quarterly District Assessments.  These are tests given in most subject areas in all grade levels and measure how well students are doing in courses across the district. These tests are the same in every school in our county and were developed by a group of teachers for that subject area in the county. Teachers and administrators can see how well students from different classes and different schools across the county are learning the subject area content. QDA's are given at certain intervals, such as at the end of a unit of study. QDA scores are counted as a test grade for students.

Universal Screening. These assessments are given to students in first through 8th grade to identify students at risk for learning difficulties.

Standardized Testing

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELs) is administered, annually, to all English Language Learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency 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. To learn more click here.

Georgia Alternative Assessment (GAA) is designed to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities are provided access to the state-mandated curriculum and given the opportunity to demonstrate their progress toward achievement of the knowledge, concepts, and skills inherit in the curriculum. Students with disabilities must participate in either the regular assessment (with or without accommodations) or the alternate assessment. The GAA may only be used in cases where a student is unable to participate in the regular assessment, even with maximum accommodations, and the student meets participation guidelines. To learn more click here.

Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a year-long, performance-based assessment. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade. At the end of the year, summary reports and individual student reports will be generated based on the data the teacher has entered throughout the year. To learn more click here.

The Georgia Milestones End of Course (EOC) is a comprehensive summative assessment program for grades 9-12. Georgia Milestone EOC measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards. The Georgia Milestones EOC is currently comprised of ten content area assessments; Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Coordinate Algebra or Algebra, Analytic Geometry or Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, U.S. History, Economics/Business/Free Enterprise. To learn more click here.

The Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) is a comprehensive summative assessment program for grades 3-8. Georgia Milestones EOG 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. In the spring, students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area. Please note due to HB364 students in grades 3,4,6, and 7 will not take science and social studies. To learn more click here.

College Readiness Testing

American College Testing (ACT) is an assessment designed to assess understanding and higher-order thinking skills in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science reasoning. The ACT reflects students' skills and achievement levels as products of their high school experiences and serves as a measure of their preparation for academic coursework beyond high school. ACT results are used by postsecondary institutions across the nation for admissions, academic advising, course placement, and scholarship decisions. Currently, all public four year colleges and universities in Georgia require either the SAT or the ACT college entrance examination. To learn more click here.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are designed to provide students with opportunities to earn college or postsecondary credit and/ or to determine appropriate placement in postsecondary programs. Scores on AP exams range from 1 to 5, with a "5" indicating that the examinee is "extremely well qualified." A score of "3" or higher is usually considered to be a qualifying score on the exams. Research has shown that students who complete AP courses and take AP exams are better prepared to successfully begin their post-secondary education. To learn more click here.

Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program co-sponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is published by the College Board as a practice instrument for students planning to take the SAT. All tenth graders are administered the PSAT in the fall. Eleventh grade students taking the PSAT/NMSQT may be eligible to compete for National Merit Scholarships based on their PSAT score. PSAT data is used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual students and classes as well as those of the school and school system. To learn more click here.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test ( SAT) is a test that measures critical reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning skills students have developed over time and that they need to be successful academically. SAT scores may be used as a tool to predict the academic performance of individual students in college-level classes. Currently, all public four year colleges and universities in Georgia require either the SAT or the ACT college entrance examination. To learn more click here.

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