Overview

Across the United States, the public’s demand for raising the educational achievement of all students has led to a significant increase in high-stakes assessments for students as well as the emergence of comprehensive school accountability systems that hold schools, teachers, and students responsible for learning. The consequences associated with high-stakes assessment results are also increasing. Most states now rely on the results of high-stakes assessments to determine a wide range of critical events, including whether or not to award recognition to a school, impose consequences upon a school, or promote/graduate students.

The state of Georgia requires the assessment of all students enrolled in its K–12 public schools. However, aside from their accountability features, assessments also provide volumes of information regarding the progress of students and schools. Educators can gain large amounts of data for analysis and use it in planning, and parents can benchmark the academic growth of their student. The mission of Georgia’s assessment program is to measure student achievement relative to the state mandated curriculum, to identify students failing to achieve mastery of content, to provide teachers with diagnostic information, and to assist school systems in identifying strengths and weaknesses in order to establish priorities in planning educational programs.

Test results have different meanings; much depends upon the type of test used, the purpose for the test, and information on how the results will be used. Generally, test results can help teachers and parents know how well a student has progressed from one point in time to another. Scores that show this progress can be reported in the form of a national percentile ranking, a grade-equivalency score, a stanine score, a scale score, or a performance level. These various scores have different meanings and can be best understood and interpreted with assistance from classroom teachers, counselors, and/or school test coordinators.

In order to maintain the integrity of the assessment program and its results, security must be established and maintained. The responsibility for the assessment program at the school level rests with the principal and their designated school test coordinator.

Service Plan

  • Immediate dissemination of student and school results upon receipt from state contracted vendors
  • Use, whenever possible, of electronic means to deliver state assessment results
  • Provide parent letter templates to assist schools in effectively communicating to parents regarding results
  • Maximize use of the Internet to provide broad and convenient access to assessment results
  • Provide results to media outlets, when requested, through the public information officer
  • Disseminate results in various public forums as necessary
  • Conduct detailed in-service sessions with school test coordinators prior to all state assessment administrations
  • Order and distribute adequate supplies to schools for each state assessment
  • Provide guidance to schools relative to test security and the expectations of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators relative to student assessment
  • Provide guidance to schools relative to test security and the expectations of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators relative to student assessment
  • Communicate all information received from the Georgia Department of Education’s Testing Division relative to assessments to district and school personnel
  • Provide score report samples, interpretation guides, content descriptions, and other tools to schools to assist in the use of data
  • Provide data and guidance to district departments including, but not limited to, curriculum and instruction departments, support services, school improvement, planning, and the Superintendent’s office
  • Communicate frequently with the Georgia Department of Education’s Testing Division, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, Georgia Department of Education’s Policy Division, and the College Board
  • Communicate as needed with all state contracted test vendors to ensure adequate supply and services for the district
  • Facilitate principal access to the GA DOE Portal during data collection periods
  • Provide updates on accountability standards to principals
  • Collaborate as necessary with the Georgia Department of Education and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement
  • Facilitate the process for opens in same window icon district accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and School/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI).
  • Implement the processes required for students and former students relative to waivers/variances of the high school graduation assessment pursuant to the Georgia State Board of Education rule 160-1-3-.09.

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