Student Assessment Department
1205 Bluffs Parkway
Canton, Georgia 30114
Dr. Jennifer Scrivner
Director, Student Assessment
The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. Milestones are designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science and socials studies. This Georgia Department of Education link provides resources for parents in English and Spanish, along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding EOG/EOC assessments.
Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills
The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a year-long, performance-based assessment aligned to the state mandated content standards. 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. GKIDS will allow teachers to assess student performance during instruction, record student performance in an on-line database, and generate reports for instructional planning, progress reports, report cards, SST, and/or parent conferences. Throughout the year, teachers may assess students and record GKIDS data based on their system’s curriculum map or report card schedule. The GKIDS Readiness Check is a new component of the GKIDS. It is designed to be administered during the first six weeks of the kindergarten year. The primary purpose of the GKIDS Readiness Check is to highlight knowledge and skills critical for student success in learning – solely to guide instruction. The GKIDS Readiness Check is designed to be developmentally appropriate, reflecting research-based best practices for young learners, and will provide information that allows kindergarten teachers to individualize student instruction.
Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs)
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.
The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA)
The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) is a key component of the Georgia Student Assessment Program. An essential tenet of both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is the fact that states must ensure that all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, have access to a general curriculum that encompasses challenging academic standards. This state assessment ensures that all students are assessed for their progress toward meeting academic standards.
2017-18 Testing Calendar (PDF)
Test Scores and Assessment Data