Georgia's Changing Assessment Landscape

Georgia Milestones Assessment System

During the 2014-2015 school year, Georgia will launch a new comprehensive assessment system.  The new system will span grades 3 – 12 and consist of summative assessments in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Students in grades 3 – 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.

Some unique features of Georgia’s new assessment system include:
  • inclusion of open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • inclusion of a writing component (in response to text) at every grade level and course within the language arts assessment;
  • inclusion of 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-pencil back-up until transition is completed.
The Georgia Department of Education worked with the National Parent Teacher Association to create A Parent’s Guide to the New Assessment System.   Español:  Guía Para Los Padres Sobre Las Nuevas Evaluaciones Escolares En Georgia

Student Learning Objectives Assessments

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Student Learning Objective Assessments will be administered in select courses.  The primary purpose of these assessments will be to improve student achievement in the classroom.  Like the Georgia Milestones assessments, the Student Learning Objective assessments will be aligned to the curriculum and will focus on student growth.  The assessment will measure the powerful impact of teachers on student learning in subject areas not tested by the Georgia Department of Education (e.g., art, music, physical education, world history, etc.). 
Together, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System and the Student Learning Objective Assessments will give educators an additional means by which to understand, value, and recognize success in the classroom.