First Person View of Student Encountering Milestones 2021
Georgia Cyber Academy takes seriously the safety and well-being of its students, families, and staff. As such, we will implement a number of rules and safeguards in order to safely conduct End-of-Grade and End-of-Course testing during the 2020-21 school year. A list of these rules can be found on our Georgia Milestones Safety Rules and Procedures page or in the PDF document below.
- Monday, April 19: Grades 3-8
- English Language Arts, Section 1
- Tuesday, April 20: Grades 3-8
- English Language Arts, Sections 2-3
- Wednesday, April 21: Grades 3-8
- Thursday, April 22: Grade 5 and 8 only
- Friday, April 23: Grade 8 only
- Social Studies
- Thursday, April 22:
- American Literature & Composition, Section 1
- Friday, April 23:
- American Literature & Composition, Sections 2-3
- Monday, April 26:
- Monday, April 26:
- Physical Science (Grade 8 only)
- Monday, April 26:
- US History
- Tuesday, April 27:
- Algebra I
- What exams are included in Georgia Milestones?
- Are there study resources for my student's test?
- Is Georgia Milestones testing happening this year?
- What safety precautions will be taken while testing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- When are the Georgia Milestones exams this year?
- How long will my student's test last?
- Why are my students assigned different test report times?
- Can I stay on site during testing?
- Do I have to pay for parking at test sites?
- Who can sign my student in and out of testing?
- Can students transport themselves to and from testing?
- What items can and cannot be brought to testing?
- How are testing sites assigned to students for Georgia Milestones?
- How does GCA decide which sites to use for testing?
- Why is my student's assigned site different from last year?
- What if I believe my student was assigned to the incorrect test site?
- What should I do if my student arrives late for testing?
- What should I do if my student misses testing?
- Can parents volunteer to help with testing?
- Why is my student assigned to take an End-of-Course (EOC) exam for a course they’re not currently enrolled in?
- What about Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Enrollment students?
- Who should I contact with questions about Georgia Milestones testing?
- Does my student have to take the Georgia Milestones?
On February 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) provided updated guidelines regarding assessment, accountability, and reporting requirements including the option for states to request a waiver for the 2020-21 school year. As soon as additional information is received from USED, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will seek all available flexibility from these requirements.
Within these guidelines, USED made it clear that they will not waive federal testing requirements for 2020-21. This means Georgia schools will have to proceed with administering the Georgia Milestones assessment this spring.
The USED guidelines do mention allowing remote administration of state tests; however, in a notice released by State Superintendent Richard Woods on February 24, 2021 he stated, “We have thoroughly investigated this option and it is not achievable from a logistical, connectivity, or security standpoint. We are unaware of any states that have accomplished remote administration of a secure standardized test on this scale without major issues.”
Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) has worked hard to establish a high level of testing integrity to ensure that engagement and security are our highest priorities. Since our assessment proctoring is designed to specifically mimic the in person testing experience and virtual testing at GCA is done with full fidelity, GCA administration is currently in communications with the GaDOE requesting we be allowed to administer the Georgia Milestones to GCA students remotely.