Both state and local mandates require student participation in a wide array of assessments. The state and local assessments administered in Marietta City Schools assess the state mandated content standards, Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).The purposes of the assessment program include:
- Monitor student progress relative to the state mandated content standards
- Inform decisions regarding placement for special programming
- Assess program effectiveness
- As a planning tool for school improvement
In addition to the requirements noted below, several of the tests are utilized as part of the system's promotion/retention policy.
For more information about student achievement and College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), visit the Georgia Department of Education's CCRPI Accountability page.
ACCESS for ELLS (Grades K - 12)
ACCESS for ELLs is administered, annually, to all English learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS for ELLs meets the federal requirements that mandates states to evaluate EL students in grades K through 12 on their progress in learning to speak English.
ACT (High School)
The ACT® test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.
The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science.
The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.
How do students benefit from taking the ACT?
The ACT is universally accepted for college admission.
The ACT is curriculum-based. The ACT is not an aptitude or an IQ test. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics, and science. Because the ACT tests are based on what is taught in the high school curriculum, students are generally more comfortable with the ACT than they are with traditional aptitude tests or tests with narrower content.
The ACT is more than a test. The ACT also provides test takers with a unique interest inventory that provides valuable information for career and educational planning and a student profile section that provides a comprehensive profile of a student's work in high school and his or her future plans.
GAA 2.0 (Grades 3 - 8 & 11)
The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) 2.0 is comprised of standardized performance tasks and is intended to provide tiered participation within the assessment for students working at various levels of complexity. The GAA 2.0 is designed to measure the degree to which students with significant cognitive disabilities have mastered alternate achievement standards in the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Grades 3 - HS)
The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. Georgia Milestones End-of Grade (EOG) study guides and End-of-Course (EOC) study guides are available for teachers and families to help prepare students for the Georgia Milestones assessments.
- Georgia Milestones Overview
- Georgia Milestones Information for Parents
- Georgia Milestones Information for Parents (Español)
- End of Grade (EOG) Interpretive Guide for Score Reports for Spring 2021
- End of Grade (EOG) Parent's Guide to the Individual Student Report
- End of Grade (EOG) Parent's Guide to the Individual Student Report (Español)
- End of Course (EOC) Interpretive Guide for Score Reports for Winter 2020 - Summer 2021
- Georgia Milestones Test Blue Prints
- Experience Online Testing Georgia - Practice Site for Georgia Milestones
- The Georgia Student Growth Model
GMAP Through-year Assessment Pilot (Grades 3 - HS)
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) created the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) which is managed by the US Department of Education. In 2018, the Georgia legislature created the Innovative Assessment Pilot Program for districts or a consortium of districts to create a new summative assessment to replace the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. In August 2018, Marietta City Schools partnered with other districts around the state and NWEA® to create the GMAP Consortium and was approved in September 2018 by the Georgia State Board of Education. The US Department of Education then approved Georgia’s IADA application in July 2019.
The GMAP Consortium is a group of Georgia school districts that have partnered with NWEA® to develop a new summative assessment to hopefully replace the Georgia Milestones Assessment System soon. During the 2021 – 2022 school year, GMAP will pilot an innovative assessment model from NWEA® called “through-year.” This assessment is built from NWEA®’s MAP Growth assessment. In Spring 2022, students in grades 3–8 will field test the content areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. Science for grades 5 and 8 will be field tested in Spring 2023 and the high school timeline has yet to be determined.
MAP Growth Assessment (Grades K - HS)
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a state-aligned, computerized adaptive assessment program that provides Marietta City Schools educators with the information they need to improve teaching and learning and to make student-focused, data-driven decisions. Students in grades Kindergarten through eight are tested three times per year in math and reading. Students in grades nine and ten are tested twice a year. Educators use the growth and achievement data from MAP Growth to develop targeted instructional strategies and to plan school improvement.
Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)…
- is not an accountability test.
- generates test questions based on student responses.
- reports student results in RIT scores.
- gives immediate results.
- is aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) in reading and math.
- measures growth over time.
- provides information used to target individual instruction.
NAEP (Grades 4, 8, and 12)
For more than 50 years, information on what American students know and can do has been generated by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). It is the only ongoing effort to obtain comprehensive and dependable achievement data on a national basis in a uniform and scientific manner. Commonly known as “The Nation's Report Card", NAEP is a congressionally mandated project of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Some schools around the state of Georgia are selected to participate in this assessment, but most are not selected. Marietta City Schools generally has one to two schools selected to participate and are generally notified by September of each year if they have been selected.
SAT (High School)
The SAT is designed to measure verbal and quantitative reasoning skills that are related to college performance. SAT scores are intended primarily to help forecast the college academic performance of individual students. The tests are administered several times throughout the year.