Georgia Milestones (GMAS) measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics while students in grades 5 and 8 are also assessed in science and social studies.
High school students take an end-of-course assessment in the following courses:
· Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
· American Literature and Composition
· Algebra I or Coordinate Algebra
· Geometry or Analytic Geometry
· Physical Science
· United States History
· Economics/Business/Free Enterprise.
The end-of-course measures are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of the grade level. These measures serve as the final exam for the course, and contribute 20% to the student’s final course grade.
The GMAS includes:
§ open-ended (constructed-response) items in English Language Arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
§ a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level and course within the English Language Arts assessment;
§ norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
§ transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-pencil as back-up until the transition is complete.
The Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability system – the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).