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What Are Georgia Milestones

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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. 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 language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning. 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.
 

FEATURES

  • 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.

  • 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.

Support your Student

Discuss the new tests with your student. Explain that tests will cover material students learned in class. Help your students become familiar with the End of Grade and End of Course resources that can be used in preparation for testing. Visit the Georgia Department of Education website to view sample test items. Review these test items with your student to help increase their confidence about taking the new tests.

Types of Questions
 

Selected Response


Selected Response are multiple choice questions that require students to select an answer from a set of options. Selected Response questions are included in assessments for all four subject areas - language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies - at all grade levels.

Constructed Response


These open-ended questions require students to generate a response that both answers the question and provides an explanation. These types of questions are included in the language arts and mathematics exams at all grade levels.

Extended Response


The writing component requires an Extended Response, with more in-depth explanation. This type of question is included at all grade levels but only in the language arts exam.

Student Scores

Beginning in December 2014, the Georgia Milestones will be administered to students of Gwinnett County. These scores will be part of the student record and used in the school's CCRPI reports.

Test Design

The Milestones assessments are part of a multi-grade (3rd-12th) assessment system. Milestones assessments at all grade levels are consistent in intem counts and point values. Across subjects and grade levels, the assements have the same structure and allow 70 or more minutes for each section.
 

 

English Language Arts

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

Number of Questions

44 Scored Questions (60 Total Questions)

53 Scored Questions (73 Total Questions)

55 Scored Questions (75 Total Questions)

55 Scored Questions (75 Total Questions)

Types of Questions

  • Selected Response (multiple choice)

  • Constructed Response (open-ended)

  • Extended Response Response (written response to passages read)

  • Selected Response

  • Constructed Response

  • Selected Response

  • Selected Response

Number of Sections

3

2

2

2

Time per Section

Up to 70 minutes for two sections and up to 90 minutes for writing section (230 minutes total)

Up to 80 minutes per section (160 minutes total)

Up to 70 minutes per section (140 minutes total)

Up to 70 minutes per section (140 minutes total)

 

Administration

Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade (EOG) assessment in the content areas of language arts and mathematics. Additionally, students in grades 5 and 8 will take assessments in science and social studies. These tests are administered towards the end of the school year, typically in April or early May. Each school district selects a local testing window from within the state designated timeframe to administer the end-of-grade measures.

Middle and High school students who are enrolled in one or more of these courses will also take the end-of-course (EOC) assessment. The end-of-course assessments are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of the grade level. EOC assessments are administered in late April or early May.

More Info

For more information visit the Georgia Department of Education

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