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:
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.
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