Gateway Updates for 2022-2023
The Gateway Writing Assessments have been one method used to measure student learning of the Gwinnett County Public School System’s curriculum, the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS), in language arts, science, and social studies. The Gwinnett County Board of Education implemented the High School Gateway Assessment in 2000 as part of the school system’s mission to “pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.”
The assessment is given in March. Students typically take Science in their 10th grade year. The U.S. History assessment is typically taken in 11th grade.
At the July 2022 Board of Education meeting, the board adopted our Blueprint for the Future, officially launching a new strategic plan for our school system. The “north star” of this strategic plan is our community’s shared vision for our Portrait of a Graduate, which includes the skills, competencies, and attitudes our community believes are vital for students to possess when they graduate from GCPS. The implementation of this new strategic plan beginning this school year requires us to reimagine our assessment system to ensure alignment with our strategic priorities of empathy, equity, effectiveness, and excellence. As a part of this implementation, at the October 2022 Board of Education meeting, the board adopted a new Post-Secondary Readiness policy that will replace the Gateway Assessment policy.
During this transition period, we are planning make up administrations for the Gateway Writing Assessments in Science and U.S. History, which can be found on the assessment calendar. These administrations will be offered to students in the classes of 2023 and 2024 who did not participate in the main administrations in March 2022. To meet graduation requirements, students in these classes will need to meet participation requirements as outlined below.
*Students must submit a valid, scorable response to meet the participation requirement.
**Specific information on this choice for the Class of 2024 will be shared directly with families the week of November 28, 2022.
Information on preparing for make up administrations for the Gateway Writing Assessments, found in the right navigation of this page, provide preparation materials and a practice prompt for student use.