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The state of Georgia has developed a rigorous system of assessing student progress and achievement throughout the public school years. With a comprehensive system many factors can be seen: individual student strengths and weaknesses, best instructional practices and teaching that enables student learning of academic standards, and school’s progress in educating all their students to a level of proficiency in each and every subject.
The assessments given under the Georgia Student Assessment Program are aligned to the state mandated curriculum known as the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). These curricular standards lay out the depth and breadth of knowledge that a child should attain during their education. In Georgia, the A+ Education Reform Act of 2000 mandates that starting in grade 1, children are assessed to make sure they are proficient in grade-level knowledge.
Students in grades 3-8 who take the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are assessed in a multiple-choice format. In future years, tests may start to ask short-response questions as well. Scoring of the tests is based on the scale determined by the number of questions on any given test. The percentage score then translates to levels of proficiency.
The Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) are first taken during the 11h grade in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Additionally, the Writing Assessment falls into this category. Except for the Writing Assessment, all the tests are currently in a multiple-choice format with varying numbers of questions. Students have up to 3 hours to take each test. Students who require other accommodations will receive them as required.
The Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are developed in conjunction with the Georgia Performance Standards. In each of the content areas, learning goals are laid out and the assessment measures a student’s success in mastering each concept.
The End of Course Tests (EOC) provides students with scores in a variety of formats: there is a scale score, a grade conversion score and performance level and domain level information for each student. This tells a student how well they mastered the content of the course, the number of questions they got correct on the test, what grade level they are working at and how that is aligned to the expected performance levels.