• 2021-2022 Digital Learning

    Assessment Guidance for those Opting out of In-person Instruction for SY 2021-2022 

    Given that the digital learning experience for our students during the 2021-2022 school year will be different than the concurrent learning of the 2021-2022 school year, we also need to approach assessments differently.  All students will be required to report to their local school for district, state, and national assessments. 

    • The local school provides a quiet testing environment for students free from potential distractions at home so that understanding of their true knowledge, not their achievement amidst distractions, can be gained.
    • Reporting in-person ensures that our digital learners maintain a connection with their local schools.   
      A stable internet connection is available at the schools.
    • Students should report in-person to their local schools for district, state, and national assessments, in the same manner as the full-time GOC students have always reported in-person.
    • As we seek to understand how our students are progressing academically, it is important that we have assessment data which accurately reflects student achievement.      
    • Testing for admissions into special programs must be completed in-person; this includes: 
      • WIDA Screener for English Learners 
      • Additional testing to qualify for Special education services 
      • Additional testing to qualify for Gifted education services 
    • The Georgia Department of Education does not expect any federal waivers for mandated testing in the 2021-2022 school year.  Students will be expected to report in-person for required state testing, including ACCESS for ELLs and the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, which includes End of Grade, End of Course, and Georgia Alternate Assessments. 
      • Having students come in person periodically throughout the year will allow schools and students to be comfortable reporting in person for testing.   
    • Testing for admissions into special programs must be completed in-person; this includes:
      • WIDA Screener for English Learners 
      • Additional testing to qualify for Special education services 
      • Additional testing to qualify for Gifted education services 
    • For the 2021-2022 school year, students reported in-person for CogAT, Iowa, PSAT, and Gateway since these assessments must be administered in-person. This will continue to be the case for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • An assessment schedule for our digital learners will be set in advance; please see the 2021-2022 Digital Learners Assessment Dates under “Learn More” to the right.