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Title: Georgia Milestone Assessment System (GMAS)

Clayton County Public Schools
Research, Evaluation Assessment, and
  • Georgia Milestone Assessment System (GMAS)

What are the Georgia Milestone Assessments (GMAS)?
  • Georgia Milestones is a comprehensive summative
    assessment program that 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.
  • It offers rigor in all content areas and raises
    the level of expectations for students and
  • GMAS will provide a better indication of college
    and career readiness and preparedness for the
    next grade level.

What grade bands and courses do (GMAS) encompass?
  • Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an
    end-of-grade assessment in each content area,
    while high school students will take an
    end-of-course assessment in the following
  • 9th Grade Literature and Composition
  • American Literature and Composition
  • Coordinate Algebra
  • Analytic Geometry
  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • US History
  • Economics

What are the features of GMAS?
  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in
    language arts and mathematics (all grades and
  • 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
  • online administration over time, with online
    administration considered the primary mode of
    administration and paper-penc?il as back-up until
    the five year transition is complete.

What are the benefits of GMAS?
  • Computer-based assessments are more efficient,
    innovative, and engaging.
  • During the next few years, assessments will
    provide results more quickly and in an
    increasingly readable and easy-to-understand
  • Parents can use this information to better
    communicate with teachers and school
    administrators about their childs progress, and
    teachers can use it to better tailor instruction
    to the childs needs.
  • New assessments will allow Georgia to compare
    student performance across schools and districts
    statewide, as well as provide information about
    how Georgia students compare with their peers
  • The new assessments will be designed to provide
    accurate measures of achievement and growth for
    all students, including those with disabilities
    and English learners. Test administration
    accommodations will be available for eligible
    students, when needed.

What to expect in Language Arts?
  • Use analytic reading to construct meaning, make
    inferences, draw conclusions, compare and
    contrast ideas, themes, etc.
  • Synthesize ideas and concepts across multiple
  • Develop informative/ explanatory responses or
    narratives, produce opinions/arguments citing
    evidence from text(s) and using standard language
    conventions, etc.
  • Read sufficiently complex and lengthy text
  • Read widely and deeply from among a broad range
    of high-quality, increasingly challenging
    literary and informational texts
  • Analyze how two or more texts address similar
    themes or topics in order to build knowledge or
    to compare the authors approaches

What to expect in Mathematics?
  • Demonstrate conceptual understanding, procedural
    skills and fluency, problem solving, modeling,
    and mathematical reasoning
  • Complete multi-step problems (Parts A, B and C)
  • Show and provide explanations of their work for
    math problems
  • Model real-world problems
  • Solve problems content and mathematical practice
  • Have fluency with mathematics
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the
    reasoning of others.

What to expect in Science?
  • Demonstrate understanding of the core concepts,
    ideas, and practices of science to explain
    scientific phenomena with content and
    Characteristics of Science/Nature of Science
    standards serving as co-requisites
  • Establish relationships between science, our
    environment, and our everyday world
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy
  • Embrace scientific inquiry both in and out of the
  • Apply critical-thinking skills

What to expect in Social Studies?
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the past and its
    influence on the present and future
  • Demonstrate the interconnectedness of history,
    culture, geography, economics, and
  • Use critical thinking, problem solving, and
    participatory skills to become engaged citizens
  • Identify elements of culture as well as
    similarities and differences among cultural
    groups across time and place through experience,
    observation, and reflection
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations
    of political thought, and the historical
    development of various structures of power,
    authority, and governance.

How will my child need to show their work?
How will my child need to show their work?
How will the explanation be scored?
What are the GMAS testing dates?
  • Elementary and Middle schools will test April
    14-April 27
  • High schools will test April 27-May 8

What if my child is not enrolled in any of the
GMAS tested grade levels or courses?
  • Students not enrolled in any of the GMAS grade
    level or courses (e.g. kindergarten, first,
    second, art, music, physical education, world
    history, chemistry) will be administered a
    Student Learning Objective (SLO).
  • SLOs are district-wide measurable, long-term
    academic SMART goals set to determine student
  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Appropriate
  • Realistic
  • Time-Bound
  • The primary purpose of SLOs is to improve
    student achievement in the classroom.
  • SLO assessments are aligned to the curriculum and
    focus on student growth.

When are SLOs administered?
  • SLOs are administered twice a year.
  • SLOs are administered during the first semester
    of the school year (September). This is referred
    to as the pre-assessment.
  • SLOs are administered during the second semester
    of the school year (May). This is referred to as
    the post-assessment
  • Comparisons are made between the pre-assessment
    and post-assessment scores to determine if
    students showed growth during the school year.

Research, Assessment, Accountability, and
  • Our aim is to provide on-time, accurate,
    research-based accountability data and assist
    stakeholders in analyzing, interpreting, and
    communicating the results that will foster
    academic success for all students.

Contact Information
  • Delphia Young, Ed.D.
  • Executive Director of Research, Evaluation,
    Assessment, and Accountability
  • Natasha Jefferson, Ed.D.
  • Coordinator of Student Assessment
  • Zawdie Jackson, Ed.D.
  • Data Management Specialist
  • Moises Payamps
  • SLO Specialist