Assessment - Georgia Milestones

General Information

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through 12. Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area, while high school students take an end-of-course assessment for each of the ten courses designated by the State Board of Education. Those High School courses are as follows:

Language Arts

  • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
  • American Literature and Composition
Mathematics**
  • Algebra I (Beginning Winter 2015)
  • Geometry (Beginning Winter 2015)
  • Coordinate Algebra
  • Analytic Geometry
Science
  • Biology
  • Physical Science
Social Studies
  • United States History
  • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise
**Typically, students will take only two of these Math courses during their time in High School, and are thus only responsible for taking the exams associated with the courses they take.

Purpose

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career). Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system. Parents, the public, and policy makers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia. As such, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability system – the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

Results

Beginning in 2015-2016, schools will receive student results back in about two weeks after the last day of testing. These results will be used as a portion of the promotion and retention decision for students in Grades 3, 5, and 8. Additionally, the End of Course exams will count as 20% of the final grade for High School students.

Georgia educators have developed four achievement levels to describe student mastery and command of the knowledge and skills outlined in Georgia’s content standards. Most students have at least some knowledge of the content described in the content standards; however, achievement levels succinctly describe how much mastery a student has. Achievement levels give meaning and context to scale scores by describing the knowledge and skills students must demonstrate to achieve each level.

The four achievement levels on Georgia Milestones are Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, and Distinguished Learner. The general meaning of each of the four levels is provided below:

  1. Beginning Learner - do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
  2. Developing Learner - demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
  3. Proficient Learner - demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.
  4. Distinguished Learner - demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this grade level/course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are well prepared for college and career readiness.

Documents and Resources

Click here for a Parent's Guide to the End-of-Grade Assessment (3rd-8th Grades)
End-of-Grade FAQ's
Click here for a Parent's Guide to the End-of-Course Assessment (High School Courses)
End-of-Course FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Muscogee County administer the Georgia Milestones Assessment this year?

While the Georgia Department of Education sets the state testing window, MCSD does have some limited input on setting county test dates, though they will change yearly. Typically, testing will begin for grades 3-8 in early April and grades 9-12 will begin in late April.

How do I 'opt out' my student from taking the Georgia Milestones Assessment?‎

Georgia State Law charges the Georgia Department of Education and the state's public school districts with assessing the yearly progress of students in Grades 3 through 12. Counties and Schools use standardized tests, such as the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, to measure the growth and achievement of students from year to year. The State code does not provide a parental opt-out option for students, and as such Muscogee County School District is required to administer the test to all students in its charge.

My student just finished taking the Georgia Milestones Assessment. When will we receive the results?

Muscogee County receives results about two full weeks after testing finishes, and schools will send individual score reports home with students once they arrive.

Can I call and get my previous years' test scores over the phone?

In order to maintain high levels of security surrounding sensitive student information, we choose not to give out test scores over the phone. You can either visit your current school's guidance office, or the school you last attended, to request copies of your records. If they have transferred the records, they will direct you where to go. Please come prepared to show a valid, state-issued photo ID.