Students in grades 1 through 5 participate in GCPS district required assessments throughout the school year. The tests measure academic content in language arts and math in all grades and science and social studies in grades 3 - 5. While the pre-test in each area does not count as a grade, all others (1st 9 weeks, mid-year, 3rd 9 weeks, and post-test) will count 5% of a student's summative grade during the quarter it is given.
Students in kindergarten participate in language arts and math district assessments at mid-year (pre-test) and end of year (post-test).
Your child's teacher will work to prepare all students for these and other assessments given throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.
Georgia Milestones Assessments
Students in grades 3 - 5 participate in the Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessment after Spring Break in the month of April. The purpose of this assessment is to measure students’ mastery of the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The Georgia Department of Education will analyze assessment results and provide achievement scores to schools and families for each content area. You can learn more about these assessments at the Georgia Department of Education website.
The scores from this state assessment provide information about how prepared a student is to move on to the next grade and will be used to help make promotion or retention decisions. In addition to providing information about students’ mastery of content standards, the results provide teachers with feedback about instructional practices and assist school and district leaders in identifying academic strengths and weaknesses for planning educational programs to support improvement.
More information will be provided to you from your child's teacher(s) throughout the school year.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
Students Taking this Test
This school year, students in grades 1, 2, & 5 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) which measures students’ verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities. The results of this test will help assess how well your child is performing and assist with plans to meet your child’s academic needs.
Dates of Administration
- Monday, September 9, 2019: Verbal Battery - Sections 1, 2, & 3
- Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Quantitative Battery - Sections 4, 5, & 6
- Wednesday, September 11, 2019: Nonverbal Battery - Sections 7, 8, & 9
- Thursday and Friday, September 12-13, 2019: Make-up Session
Helpful Information for Parents and Students
Although no studying or preparation is necessary for this test, the following recommendations should help your child do his/her best each day:
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Be at school on time
- Be prepared (glasses if needed)
About the Iowa Assessments
From September 23 – September 27, 2019 students in grades 2 and 5 will take the Iowa Assessments™.
The Iowa Assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. These assessments measure achievement in several important content areas including Reading, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (grade 5 only), and Social Studies (grade 5 only).
The Iowa Assessments help teachers identify a student’s strengths and areas that may need additional emphasis. The Iowa Assessments also measure student growth and progress in the content areas assessed from year to year and may provide information about college readiness for older students. The assessments produce information that enables sound decision making and provides a focus for teachers to evaluate instruction.
How your student can prepare for test-taking—and what you can do to help:
A student who is well-rested, well-fed and has a positive attitude about testing is best prepared for testing. You can help your student do his or her best by considering these tips:
- Make sure that your student is in school and on time on test days.
- Make sure your student gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.
- Remind your student that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.
- Remind your student to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing. Encourage your student to ask the teacher for help if he or she does not understand the directions.