Georgia Milestones Assessments
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-pencil as back-up until the transition is complete.
Iowa Tests of
Basic Skills (ITBS)
The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills are
norm-referenced tests. Georgia law mandates that a nationally norm-referenced
test, such as the ITBS, be administered annually to students in grades three,
five, and eight. The purpose of a norm-referenced test is to obtain information
about the performance of Georgia's students and compare it with that of students
in a national sample. The results are used for evaluation, decision-making, and
GAA (Georgia Alternate Assessment)
The GAA is a portfolio-based assessment for students in grades Kindergarten, 3–8, and High School who have been identified as having the most significant cognitive disabilities and cannot participate in the general assessment program even with maximum accommodations. Students in Grades 5, 8, and High School are assessed in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students in Kindergarten and Grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 are assessed in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students participating in the GAA are assessed on the same content standards as their peers; however, teachers may adjust the achievement expectations to reflect the learning characteristics of this group of students. Please note that if local districts mandate an assessment in grades other than Kindergarten, 3–8, and High School, an alternate assessment must be provided for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
GAA 17-18 Parent Brochure
ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners)
ACCESS for ELLs is administered, annually, to all English learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English 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. ACCESS for ELLs meets the federal requirements that mandates require states to evaluate EL students in grades K through 12 on their progress in learning to speak English.
ACCESS for ELLs General Information
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
The SAT is an optional test given to measure reading, writing, and mathematical reasoning skills related to successful performance in college. The SAT previously tested students through verbal and math sections. The test was restructured in 2005 and now has three sections – math, critical reading, and writing. Each are scored within a range of 200-800 points, combining for a total of 2400 rather than 1600.
SAT Information-College Board