Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Update: Georgia Milestones Assessment System Waivers:
- Promotion & Retention for Grades 1,3,5,8
- EOC Test Scores Will Not be a 20% of Student Grade

One of my biggest concerns surrounding the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System is the speed with which the GA Department of Education is implementing the new system.  While the GADOE is proceeding with the new assessment system, waivers were granted at the August 21st Georgia Board of Education meeting for the following items:
  1. Promotion and Retention Requirements for Grades 1,3,5 and 8
  2. Requirement that End of Course Test Scores contribute to 20% of a students final course grade.
From the waiver request.  Click here to read the entire waiver request.

Georgia Milestones is a new assessment program that includes end of grade measures at the elementary and middle school levels (grades 3 – 8) and end of course measures at the high school level. Given the 2014-2015 school year marks the first operational administration of the new program, there is significant technical work that must be completed, including, but not limited to, setting the achievement expectations (i.e., cut scores), prior to releasing scores. A waiver of the student promotion and retention requirements, set forth in Rule 160-4-2-.11 PROMOTION, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION, sections (3)(a), (3)(b), (3)(c), for reading in grades 3, 5, and 8 and mathematics in grades 5 and 8 is requested as results cannot be issued until the necessary technical work is completed. Additionally, a waiver of the requirement that the end of course measures contribute to the final course grade, as stipulated in Rule 160-4-2-.13 STATEWIDE PASSING SCORE, sections (2)(d), (2)(e), (2)(f), is requested. The waiver is requested for the 2014-2015 school year, through July 31, 2015. The necessary technical work will be completed during the summer months of 2015, with results being released in fall 2015.

Click here to view the latest Georgia Milestones Assessment presentation.

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