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    GA BOE MILESTONES INFO

     What is the purpose of Georgi​a Milestones?

    The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  

    Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information abo​u​t their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career).  

    Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system.  Parents, the public, and policy makers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia.  

    As such, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability system – the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).  

    What content areas and grade​​ levels are tested?

    Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics while students in grades 5 and 8 are also assessed in science and social studies.  High school students take an end-of-course assessment for each of the ten courses designated by the State Board of Education.​

    Students at the high school level will take an end-of-course assessment in the following ten courses:

    • English Language Arts
      • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
      • American Literature and Composition
    • Mathematics
      • Algebra I or Coordinate Algebra
      • Geometry or Analytic Geometry
    • Science
      • Biology
      • Physical Science​​
    • ​​Social Studies
      • United States History
      • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

    The end-of-course measures are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of the grade level.  These measures serve as the final exam for the course, and contribute 20% to the student’s final course grade.  

    Each school district selects a local testing window, based on their local school calendar, from within the state-designated testing window. Middle school students who are enrolled in one or more of these courses are required to take the associated end-of-course (EOC) measure. 

    If enrolled in a mathematics and/or science EOC course, these middle school students will not take the corresponding content area end-of-grade (EOG) measure.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

     

    Please note that the district is receiving updates from the state on a continual basis.  As those updates are shared, we will do our best to pass them along in a timely manner
     New PARCC Practice Tests for Georgia Milestones:
    You can review some the recently released PARCC test items that will allow parents an understanding of  the types of items that their student could experience while taking our new Georgia Milestones. PARCC has released both end of year and performance based assessments for each grade level for ELA and Math. Please note that you will find both a paper/pencil and a computer-based version of each test. Using this and other resources, please work with your  student to understand the rigor and format that will be encountered when taking the Georgia Milestones. Click here http://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/  to access released PARCC practice tests
     
     Video/Parent Brochure on Georgia Milestones (Open in Chrome or Firefox)
    Click here for a video on the new assessment-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgtvKTbBP8E a new assessment program being implemented this Spring.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. Click here for Parent Brochure
     
     Keyboarding Skills Essential to Successful Online Assessments
    Effective keyboarding will be essential to online assessments that your student will be taking in the future.Typing Help for Milestones
     

    Georgia Milestones Presentation from Georgia Department of Education
    Information from the National PTA regarding new standardized tests in Georgia. Please click here to view the Georgia Milestones presentation and PTA Handout