• Assessments

  • CogAT

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

    Students Taking this Test

    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 

    September 21 - 23

    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)

  • District Assessments

    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. Each district assessment (1st 9 weeks, mid-year, 3rd 9 weeks, and post-test) will count 2% of a student's summative grade during the quarter it is given. 

    Students in kindergarten participate in Language Arts and Math district assessments at the end of the year. 

    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

    The Georgia Milestones is a comprehensive summative assessment program that measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the content standards. It is designed to provide information about student achievement and readiness to move on to the next level of learning. 

    Students in grades 3-5 participate in the Georgia Milestones End of Grade Assessments to measure achievement in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science (Grade 5 only).  Testing will be administered over three to five days, depending on the grade level.

    2022 GMAS Elementary School Testing Schedule
    GMAS Testing Schedule

    Helpful Resources

    For additional information, you may visit the Milestones page on the GCPS website. 

    To provide your child with firsthand experience using the Georgia Milestones assessment testing platform, visit GA Experience Online.

    To learn more about the Georgia Milestones assessments, visit the Georgia Department of Education website.


  • Iowa Tests

    About the Iowa Assessments

    September 1 – 3, students in grade 2 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, Language Arts, and Mathematics.

    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 their 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.

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