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Testing

Testing

The VCS Testing Department provides leadership and support to schools in the administration of the assessments included in our K-12 testing program. School staffs are also assisted with interpretation of test results used to evaluate and improve teaching and learning. The goal of the testing department is to support each school with measuring and demonstrating student achievement. 

VCS Testing Calendar

Each year Valdosta City Schools issues a schedule of tests given throughout the district.  See below for the 2016-2017 Testing Calendar. 
 

End of Course Test-Out Option

Students may “test-out” of any course that has an associated End of Course Test (EOC).  A unit of course credit will be awarded to students who obtain the performance level of Distinguished Learner (Level 4) with a Grade Conversion Score of 92 or above on an EOC prior to taking the course. Students have only one opportunity per course to test-out, and may only earn up to three credits by testing-out. See the handout below to learn more about the Test-Out option in VCS. See below for the EOC Test-Out Option dates for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.


Georgia Milestones Assessment System Information

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, Georgia implemented a new assessment program, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. The new assessment program replaces the CRCT, CRCT-M, EOCT, and GHSGT.  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. The Georgia Milestones is administered in grades 3-8 (End of Grade) and in select high school courses (End of Course).  The assessments reflect a new design that requires students to actively engage in the assessment.

Features of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System include:

--open ended (constructed-response) items in 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 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.

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, students in grades 3, 5, and 8 must demonstrate reading skill on or above grade level on the reading portion of the English/Language Arts test to meet promotion requirements. Students in grades 5 and 8 must achieve the "developing learner" level to be considered eligible for promotion. For students in select high school courses with an End of Course test, the End of Course score contributes 20% to a student’s final course grade. 

Parents are encouraged to review resources and information about the new Georgia Milestones at the Georgia Department of Education website: GaDOE Georgia Milestones. Parent guides are available for download below.

If you need additional information, please contact Dr. David Cole at (229) 671-6064.