As of ASSESSMENTS
COVID-19 update on all assessments for PRHS and Gwinnett County Public Schools
As of now, the most current information on the next scheduled administration of assessments for PRHS:
SAT: The next administration at PRHS is scheduled for November 7th, 2020. College Board and PRHS will update their websites if there are any test cancellations.
ACT: The next administration at PRHS is scheduled for October 24th, 2020. ACT and PRHS will update their websites if there are any test date cancellations.
PSAT: The PSAT is scheduled for administration on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Peachtree Ridge High School. If you are a digital learner, please use this link to sign up to take the test in person at PRHS.
EOC: The state of Georgia has eliminated Milestones assessments for 9th LA, Geometry and Economics. EOC's are scheduled for 11/30 - 12/15 in Algebra I, Biology, American Literature and US History.
SPG and District Assessments: Pretests, Interim I's and Q1 District Assessment Finals have been canceled. Please check this page for updates on the status of District Assessment Interim II's.
PEACHTREE RIDGE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Assessment Program at Peachtree Ridge can be thought of in three distinct areas: High Stakes Testing (which are mandatory graduation requirements), State and District Developed Assessments (which are usually associated with course completion), and finally, Nationally Standardized Assessments (which are associated with scholarships and post-secondary admission).
High Stakes Testing
High School Gateway
HS GATEWAY ASSESSMENT in SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES
The High School Gateway Assessment in Science and Social Studies are document-based questions where students write to a topic from that particular area (Science or Social Studies) that is graded both in subject content and the writing style (Language Arts AKS). This assessment is specific to Gwinnett County Public Schools, but successful completion of both assessments is required for a diploma from a GCPS school. The HS Gateway is administered initially to all Sophomores in the spring but is offered four times a year: Fall, Winter, March/April, and June. The High School Gateway assessments for the 2020-2021 school year and the students who need to take them are listed below.
Fall Retest Administration
Any 11th or 12th-grade students who have not yet received a passing score on the HS Gateway are eligible to participate in the HS Gateway Retest administration for Social Studies on 9/29/20 and/or Science on 11/5/20. No registration for this test is required and students who need the assessment will be placed on the testing roster.
Winter Retest Administration
Another opportunity for 11th or 12th-grade students who have not posted a passing score or have yet to sit for this assessment will be offered on 1/20/21 for Social Studies and 2/2/21 for Science.
11th-grade students will sit for the Social Studies Gateway (US History AKS) on Monday, 3/22/21. 10th-grade students will take the Science Gateway on Tuesday, 3/23/21. Any 11th or 12th-grade students who have not yet posted a passing score on the HS Gateway for Social Studies or Science will also test at these times. Make-ups will be offered on Wednesday, March 24th (Social Studies) and Thursday, March 25th (Science).
Date to be determined. This is an OPTIONAL opportunity for any student not successful on the March administration of either subject to test over the summer prior to the new academic year. Students who are eligible for a re-test will be notified about the registration process for this assessment via letter and information in the school newsletter.
There is NO NEED to register for this assessment, all PRHS students will be automatically registered if they need the retest assessment.
Any former PRHS students should call the district assessment office for plans on taking the HS Gateway, 678-301-7207. Students who have completed their course work will NO LONGER test at their former high schools.
Click here to see the district webpage relating to the HS Gateway which includes resources and sample papers as well as the AREAS OF FOCUS for this school year.
The PRHS Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts departments have teamed up to provide an eClass module for review of the topics that will be covered on the HS Gateway. This information can be found on your student's eClass page under the link HS Gateway. General questions about the HS Gateway can be addressed through the Testing Office or by contacting Ms. Young in C106.
State and District Developed Assessments
Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessments
The Georgia Milestones assessments are "end of course" assessments in 8 areas that count 20% of a student's grade in the course. These exams are not "high stakes" in that a student does NOT have to earn a passing grade on the exam to earn credit in the course. Currently, the Milestones EOC courses
areFreshman Language Arts, Junior Language Arts (American Literature), Biology, Physical Science, United States History, Economics, Algebra, and Geometry. These assessments are selectresponse (multiple choice) and constructed response (short answer and essay) and are administered primarily online in a computerized format.
Normally, students will take a Milestones EOC assessment at the end of each semester (December and May here at PRHS), but quarter classes (Economics) may also test in October and March. Milestones (EOC) assessments are also used to validate a student's home school or other non-accredited school grades. If a student needs to make up
a(EOC), they should contact the Assessment Office to schedule an appointment. Milestones assessment
Want to know more about the Georgia Milestones Assessment System? You can do so by clicking HERE!
Student Performance Goal Assessments (SPG’s)
The current Gwinnett Teacher Evaluation System (GTES) requires teachers to show how what they do in the classroom increases student learning from the beginning of the semester to the
endof the semester. In order to accomplish this, students will take pre and post-tests in all of their core and World Language courses. The pre-test assessment administered at the beginning of the course does not affect a student's grade, but the post-test SPG will count 5% of the student's total grade in the course.
Did your student miss an SPG? You can contact the Assessment Office to schedule a make-up for the missed assessment by emailing or calling us from the links above or have your student stop by E108 to schedule in person. We are generally available EVERY DAY before, during, and after school, but appointments should be scheduled in advance.
District Assessments (
GCPS has also developed common assessments in many of the core courses to measure student learning. These select response (multiple choice) assessments are part of the grade students earn in selected core course work. The current listing of District Assessment courses is 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Language Arts, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus in Mathematics, World Geography, World History, US History, and Economics in Social Studies, and Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in Science.
PRHS students will take these common assessments every 4.5 weeks on our block schedule (every 9 weeks for
year-longcourses) in the courses listed above. These assessments vary in weight from 2% to 15% of a student's grade in the course. The parent portal gradebookis a great way to find out how these grades affect your student's overall grade in the course.
Did your student miss a District Assessment? You can contact the Assessment Office to schedule a make-up for the missed assessment by emailing or calling us from the links above or have your student stop by E108 to schedule in person. We are generally available EVERY DAY before, during, and after school, but appointments should be scheduled in advance.
Nationally Standardized Assessments
ACT Testing Center #244760
All registration for the ACT is done online through the ACT website. Students requesting fee waivers for the ACT should check in with the counseling office to determine eligibility. You can get more information about the ACT, including registration, by clicking HERE.
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
AP Exams for 2020-2021 will be administered May 3rd-May 14th, 2021. Most exams will be administered at Gwinnett Technical College with the exception of the French, Spanish, and German exams which be held at Peachtree Ridge High School. The AP Chinese exam will be administered at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, GA 30024.
- To find out more about AP Exams, please visit:
- PRHS Advanced Placement Program
- Advanced Placement information from the College Board
PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)
The PSAT is administered once a year nationwide. The administration date for the 2020 PSAT is Wednesday, October 14th, 2020. As its' name implies, this is a great assessment to get a baseline of expected performance for the SAT that many students will take. Peachtree Ridge (through a grant from the Georgia Department of Education) offers the PSAT FREE OF CHARGE to all students in a 10th grade PRIDE and at a charge for any student in a 9th and 11th grade PRIDE. The PSAT is NOT recommended for seniors. Currently, Peachtree Ridge does NOT offer the PSAT 8/9.
If you are interested in taking the PSAT, registration for this assessment is done on the MYPAYMENTSPLUS.com website. Only students in 9th and 11th grade PRIDES would need to register on the site as all students in a 10th grade PRIDE are automatically registered. The cost of the exam is $18. Registration is open now through September 29th at midnight. Students may register as a LATE REGISTRANT (pending enough materials) on the MYPAYMENTSPLUS site through October 9th at midnight at a cost of $25.
Need more information about PSAT? Find it HERE
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All registration for the SAT is done online through the College Board website. Students requesting fee waivers for the SAT should check in with the counseling office to determine eligibility. You can get more information about the SAT, including registration, by clicking CLICK HERE
LOOKING FOR SCORES FOR ASSESSMENTS?
The easiest way to find scores for most assessments administered at PRHS is to go to the assessment tab in the Parent Portal. All assessments that have been uploaded will be shown there. If you need additional information concerning scoring, please contact the Assessment Office at PRHS using the contact links on this webpage. Please note that scores for most NATIONALLY STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENTS, like ACT, SAT, PSAT, and AP will be accessed through the respective organizations and are not typically housed at the local schools.