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 an essay corresponding 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 High School Gateway assessments for the 2019-2020 school year and the students who will need to take them are listed below:
September Re-Test administration of the HS Gateway:
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 Re-Test administration for Science on September 17th and/or Social Studies on September 18th. No registration for this test is required and students who need the assessment will be placed on the testing roster. The September 18th Social Studies Gateway will be the last time that the OLD World History AKS will be utilized for this assessment. Beginning with the January Re-Test administration, all administrations of the HS Gateway Social Studies will cover US History prompts.
January Re-Test administration of the HS Gateway:
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 January 14th, 2020 for Science and January 16th, 2020 for Social Studies. It is important to note that the Social Studies retest in January will switch to the US History AKS rather than the World History AKS as administered in the September 2019 retest.
March MAIN administration of the HS Gateway:
Traditionally, the MAIN administration of the HS Gateway has been for all 10th grade students, however, with the changing of the Social Studies Gateway from World History AKS to US History AKS, students will sit for the Social Studies Gateway for the 1st time as 11th grade students (when they would normally take US History). For this administration only, the Social Studies Gateway on March 24th will be only for those 11th and 12th grade students who have not yet posted a passing score on the Social Studies Gateway. The Social Studies Gateway will be function more as a "RE-TEST" opportunity as current 10th grade students will sit for the HS Gateway in March 2021. The MAIN administration of the Science Gateway on Monday, March 23rd, will be for all 10th grade students AND any 11th or 12th grade students who have not posted a passing score on the HS Gateway for Science.
Looking for study information about the HS Gateway?
The PRHS Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts departments have teamed up to provide a e-class module for review of the topics that will be covered on the HS Gateway. This information can be found on your student's e-class page under the link HS Gateway! General questions about the HS Gateway can be addressed through the PRHS Testing Office or with Lead Coordinator, Ms. Young in C106.
You can also 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.
Former PRHS student who needs the HS Gateway?
Any former PRHS students (those who have completed coursework but have not posted a passing score on the HS Gateway should call the district assessment office for plans on taking the HS Gateway, 678-301-7207.These students will NO LONGER test at their former high schools and will test at a location designated by the district office.
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 students 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
are:Freshman 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 students home school or other non-accredited schools grades. If a student needs to make up
an(EOC), they should contact the Assessment Office to schedule an appointment. Milesstones 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
endof the semester. In order to accomplish this, students will take pre and post-tests in almost all of their courses. The pre-test assessment administered at the beginning of the course does not affect a students grade, but the post-test SPG will count 5% of the students 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 are: 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 students 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
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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 2019-2020 will be administered May 4th-May 15th, 2020. 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 2019 will be Wednesday, October 16th, 2019. As
it'sname 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 gradePRIDE and at a charge, $18, for any 9th and 11 gradestudent. Currently, Peachtree Ridge does NOT offer the PSAT 8/9. Registration is open NOW through September 29th, 2019 at midnight on the MYPAYMENTSPLUS website (www.mypaymentsplus.com). Students in a 10th grade PRIDE do NOT need to register as they are automatically included due to the DOE grant.
If you are a student from a home school or private school who wishes to take the PSAT at the Ridge, we do offer a few LIMITED seats. Since you are unable to register on the MYPAYMENTSPLUS.com website, you will need to complete the PAPER registration form below. This should be returned to Dr. Johnson prior to the deadline noted on the form.
Need more information about PSAT? Find it HERE
SAT TESTING CENTER #11156
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.