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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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022.

 

Georgia Milestones Assessment System Information

Georgia Milestones is a single assessment system that consists of end-of-grade measures in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8, end-of-grade measures in science in grades 5 and 8, end-of-grade measure in social studies in grade 8, and end-of-course measures for specified high school courses. 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 assessments reflect a new design that requires students to actively engage in the assessment. Georgia Milestones is administered primarily on the computer and includes the following features:

  • ​Technology-enhanced items in all grades and courses,
  • ​​Open-ended (constructed response) items in English language arts in 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,
  • A reported Lexile score based on the English language arts assessment in all grades and courses, and
  • ​Estimated norm-referenced performance ranges for all grades and courses.

 

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. Middle school students who are enrolled in one or more of these courses are required to take the associated end-of-course (EOC) measure.

 

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 Joyce Dean at (229) 671-6063.