What Parents Need to Know
The Georgia Department of Education’s Assessment and Accountability Division works hard to develop reliable tests for each grade level to ensure that students are making progress on the state mandated curriculum. Furthermore, federal law requires that all schools and districts report all student performance data. Reports are generated by the state each year allowing schools, parents, and community members to analyze the data so they can then work together to improve education for all students. This section provides information on state and national tests, as well as provides links to the performance data reports. If you have questions regarding any of the tests or performance data below, contact AskDOE at 1-800-311-3627 or speak with your student’s teacher or principal.
- Testing Information & Study Guides
There are many resources to help students prepare for standardized tests. Click above to view an explanation of the assessment programs administered across grade levels as well as to find resources to help your student prepare for the various assessments given in Georgia schools. Also, you will find general assessment program information and currently scheduled test administration dates.
The Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). All students in grades one through eight take the CRCT in the content areas of Reading, English/Language Arts, and Mathematics. Students in grades three through eight are also assessed in Science and Social Studies. Click above or view the CRCT Brochure below to learn more about the tests. Student study guides are also available below for review.
- End of Course Tests (EOCT)
Georgia Law mandates that the State Board of Education adopt end-of-course assessments in grades nine through twelve for core subjects to be determined by the State Board of Education. Currently there are eight assessments. Assessments are given in the following courses: Mathematics I: Algebra/Geometry/Statistics, Mathematics II: Geometry/Algebra II/Statistics, United States History, Economics/Business/Free Enterprise, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, and American Literature and Composition. Click above or view the EOCT Brochure below to learn more about the tests. Student study guides are also available on the link below for review.
- Graduation Tests (GHSGT)
All students seeking a Georgia high school diploma must pass the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) in four content areas as well as the Georgia High School Writing Assessment (GHSWT). These assessments ensure that students qualifying for a diploma have mastered essential core academic content and skills. Students take the graduation tests for the first time in the eleventh grade. Students who do not pass on the first attempt have multiple opportunities to receive additional instruction, retest, and qualify for graduation before the spring of the twelfth grade. Click above or view the GHSGT Brochure below to learn more about the tests. Student study guides are also available on the link below for review.
- ExPreSS Programs
The purpose of ExPreSS (Exam Preparation for Science and Social Studies) is to provide free tutorial support for high school students in preparation for retaking the Science or Social Studies Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT). There are two ways students can participate in ExPreSS: Online or face-to-face. The Online ExPreSS offers students the opportunity to participate in learning modules that are self-paced and based on the instructional plans created for the face-to-face program. The face-to-face program, called Project ExPreSS and is a target, statewide, two week summer program. To learn more about Online ExPreSS or Project ExPreSS click on the link above.
- Georgia Online Assessment System
Click above to access tests that consist of the same kinds of questions that appear on the state's assessments in Reading, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies in the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), the End of Course Tests (EOCT), and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT).
- Georgia Writing Assessments
Based on Georgia Law, performance-based writing assessments are administered to students in grades three, five, eight, and eleven. Statewide writing assessments serve the purpose of improving student writing and writing instruction. Click above or view the GA Writing Assessment Brochure to learn more about these tests.
The PSAT examination is an excellent opportunity for students to understand the requirements of the SAT, which is a critical reasoning exam used as a criteria in college admissions. Tenth grade students who participate in the October administration at their school are able to take the test free of charge. To learn more about the PSAT and when the test is offered click above.
The SAT reasoning test is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. It assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems. All colleges and universities in Georgia accept scores from the SAT for admission purposes. To learn more about the test and dates it is offered click above.
The ACT examination assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college level work. All colleges and universities in Georgia accept scores from the ACT for admission purposes. To learn more about the test and dates it is offered click above.
- Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA)
Under Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), states must ensure all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, have access to a general curriculum that encompasses challenging academic standards and are tested on them. However, students with significant cognitive disabilities may be tested via an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards. An alternate achievement standard is defined as one that “sets an expectation of performance that differs in complexity from a grade-level achievement standard.” To learn more about this test please click above.
- Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS)
The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a year-long, performance-based assessment. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade. To learn more about this test click above.
- National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
NAEP is often called the "Nation's Report Card." It is the only measure of student achievement in the United States that allows you to compare the performance of students in your state with the performance of students across the nation or in other states. Not all students or grade levels in the state are tested and the test is not given every year. To learn more about the NAEP test click above.
- Norm-Referenced Test (Iowa Tests of Basic Skills)
Georgia Law mandates that each local school system may elect to administer, with state funding, nationally norm-referenced instruments in Reading, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies in grade three, four, or five and in grade six, seven, or eight, subject to available appropriations, with assistance to such school systems by the State Board of Education with regard to administration guidance, scoring, and reporting of such assessments. The purpose of the test is to obtain information about how the performance of Georgia's students compare with that of students in a national sample, an external reference group. To learn more about the norm-referenced test click above.
- Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
The Annual Yearly Progress report provides detailed information not only for the state, but also for each school and school district within the state showing whether they met the requirements for the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965(ESEA). Click above to access the most recent report.
- Report Card
Click above to find information about the annual Report Card for the state and local school districts. These report cards are the State’s yearly report to the people of Georgia summarizing a variety of educational accomplishments during the previous year and outlining the directions and goals for education in the coming year.