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Testing Programs, Testing Schedule, Statewide Passing Score, Grading Information

Testing Programs

The following tests are administered to the students during the school year with the exception of the SAT/ACT tests.
  • GHSGT – Georgia High School Graduation Test given in the fall and spring of the school year. Students who are juniors or those who have not mastered the previous examinations are allowed five (5) opportunities to earn a high school seal. GHSWT - Writing Assessment part of the GHSGT.
  • Writing Assessment – Curriculum Based Writing Assessment given in grades 3, 5, and 8 are administered during the second semester of school.
  • Norm-Referenced Test– State selected tests are given to students in grades kindergarten – ninth. The scores are used to compare Central Elementary/High school to area schools in the surrounding areas. (i.e., CRCT, ITBS or Stanford Achievement 9)
  • Basic Literacy Test (BLT) - This test is used in grades K – 3rd to determine a student’s instructional level in reading. The test is given three (3) times per year.
  • Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) – All eleventh grade students will take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) in February. Seniors may take the ASVAB with written permission from a military recruiter. This test is given by a test administrator from the Federal Government, with the assistance of representatives from the various branches of the armed services. Results give students an idea of their abilities and potential for success.
  • ASSET Test consists of 36 writing skills (English) questions, 24 reading questions, and 32 math questions. The technical institutes will provide a study guide to students upon request.
  • Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT)- Ninth and tenth grade students should be encouraged to take the PSAT for practice. The results of PSAT scores during a student’s junior year are used to determine National Merit Scholars, Achievement Scholars, and National Hispanic Scholars. Students’ costs for taking the PSAT are funded by the Georgia Department of Education.
  • End-of-Course (EOC)- Assessments administered at the completion of core high school courses specified by the State Board of Education, in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281(g), to measure student achievement in the four content areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

  • Georgia Alternative Assessment (GAA)-Tests intended for students who are not participating in the state-mandated testing program.  This assessment is based on a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and reflects progress toward attainment of targeted goals.

  • Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)- The SAT 1 Reasoning Test measures verbal and mathematical ability. Scores from each section of the test are reported on a scale from 200-800.

School Year 2014-2015 Testing Schedule

Sept 8-12 Fall GHSGT (retest)
Sept. 24-25 Fall GHSWT (Main admin)
Oct. 13 PSAT
Oct. 15 GHSGT (Retake)
Feb. 16 GHSWT (Retest)
Mar. 16-27 Spring GHSGT
Apr.6-10 GA Milestones
April 27-May 8 EOC Window
May 4-15 AP Administer

      
Talbot County Testing Procedures

Training

Testing coordinators are chosen and trained at the beginning of the school year. Orientation procedures follow the student assessment handbook as found on the GaDOE portal. Topics include test security, proctoring, return of test materials, testing irregularities, the role of the principal, the on-site testing coordinator, and teachers. In addition, the code of ethics is discussed, coding students, seating arrangement, test implementation plan, and who to report to, and accountability.

Monitoring

Each site testing coordinator must submit a test implementation plan no later than two days prior to testing. The plan must include what personnel will monitor the test environment. The procedure requires no more than a one to thirty ratio. Proctors are strategically placed to observe student test behaviors. If the need arises for a student to go to the restroom, for example, testing materials are collected from the student and the student is escorted to the restroom by a proctor. Guidelines for test makeup followed according to the test examiners manual. Testing irregularities, when reported, are uploaded on the GaDOE portal. The system testing coordinator monitors each testing site for compliance.

             Test Distribution and Collection

On-site testing coordinators meeting at the office of the District Testing Coordinator one week prior to testing. The purpose of the meeting is to jointly count and verify the number of tests received. The Coordinator signs off on the number of tests received. Tests are returned to the District Testing Coordinator one day after any make-up session. If no make-up session is allowed, then the tests are returned on the next day after testing. During the collection period the on-site coordinator verifies coding, demographic information, student labels, and school lD sheet information. If discrepancies have been identified in the number of tests returned, it is reported to the principal, superintendent, and posted at the GaDOE portal.

 

 

 

Code: IHA

160-4-2.13  STATEWIDE PASSING SCORE

(1)  DEFINITION
 (a)  Minimum passing score -
still meet the requirements for completion of a subject or grade.
 (b) End-of Course Tests (EOCT)-  Assessments administered at the completion of core high school courses specified by the State Board of Education, in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281(g), to measure student achievement in the four content areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
(2) REQUIREMENTS

 (a) Each local board of education shall establish 70 as the minimum passing score for all subjects/courses taught in grades 4-12 in the public schools of the state.
 (b) Each school containing any grade 9-12 shall record and maintain numerical grades of students in all courses for which credit is given in those courses.
 (c) If letter grades instead of numerical grades are given in grades 4-8, the local board of education shall determine the relationship of letter grades to the numerical passing score of 70.
 (d) Beginning in the 2004-2005 school year, End-of-Course Tests shall be used as the final exam in the courses assessed by an End-of-Course Test.  EOCT reports shall provide students, parents, and educators with individual scores on each EOCT taken: student scores must be recorded on, in, or with the individual student report card.
 (e) A student's numeric score on the End-of-Course Test shall count for 15% of the student's final numeric grade in the course assessed by the End-of-Course Test.
Authority O.C.G.A. § 20-2--240; 20-2-281.

Adopted: July 8, 2004                                  Effective
: August 1, 2004

Grade Scale for 1st-12th Grades
A= 90-100        Excellent        
B= 80-89          Above Average
C= 70-79          Average            
F= 69-0            Failure       
 

Grading Procedure
Teachers in grades 6-12 are to use the following procedures to evaluate students:

1.  Final Tests 25%  
2.  Major Tests 30%  
3.  Quizzes 20%  
4.  Homework 10%  
5.  Classroom Participation
      and/or projects
15%