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ASSESSMENTS

Assessments are a necessary tool by which we can identify students’ strengths and weaknesses in order to better individualize their educational plan and supports and they are used to inform classroom instruction. These tools also assist us in determining a student’s level of academic mastery and may play a significant role in grade level placement decisions.

Students are required to take many assessments/tests/diagnostics/exams on camera & microphone. Teachers may also use our device management platform to monitor GCA devices during the assessment window. It is at the sole discretion of the teacher and/or school administration whether a student is required to take assessments/tests/diagnostics/exams on camera regardless of their proficiency level. If a student is required to take an assessment/test/diagnostic/exam on camera and fails to do so, then they will earn a zero (0) for that assessment/test/diagnostic/exam. Note: All Kindergarten through 3rd grade students are required to take all assessments/tests/diagnostics/exams on camera and/or microphone as may be applicable.

All students are required to attend tests/assessments/diagnostics/exams when they are assigned, or they will receive a zero (0). Students with excused absences will be given a make-up exam. Students may receive both a performance mastery grade as well as a participation grade for all tests/assessments/diagnostics/exams.

Students may be required to retake a test/assessment/diagnostic/exam if there is concern and/or indicators that the student did not take adequate time to perform the assigned task, did not take the test on camera, may have been assisted in performing the assessment in a manner that was not specifically permitted, and/or that the results may not have been the student’s own work. The determination of whether a student needs to retake a test/assessment/diagnostic/exam is at the sole discretion of the teacher and/or school administration. If a student is required to retake a test/assessment/diagnostic/exam, then a zero (0) will remain as the student’s grade until the test is retaken. If a student is found to have cheated on an exam, then the student may receive a zero (0) for the test/assessment/exam or may be given the opportunity to retake the test/assessment/exam for a score not to exceed 70% at the sole discretion of the teacher and/or school administration.

If the validity of an assessment/test/diagnostic/exam result is in question the student may be required to retake the exam in-person at the sole discretion of the school’s administration.

Testing for the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (End-of-Grade and End-of-Course exams), Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA), and ACCESS for ELLs are mandatory for applicable students. They must be taken in person at the assigned location and time and on the assigned date.

NWEA MAP tests (3 x a year) and final exams (2 x per year per course/subject at the end of each semester) are taken online and at a specific time. These tests will be monitored on camera. These assessments are mandatory.

iReady Diagnostics are required and will be proctored on-line through video and microphone. When assigned these diagnostics are mandatory.

WriteScore is taken twice per year and is proctored on-line through video and microphone. When assigned, these assessments are mandatory.

The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a mandatory summative assessment that takes place over the course of a school year. At times, it requires online student-teacher interaction through video and microphone. This is not an in-person exam.

NWEA Reading Fluency assessments (grades K-3) may require student teacher interaction and are proctored on- line through video and microphone. These tests are mandatory.

Interim Assessments and Final Exams are proctored on- line through video and microphone. These tests are mandatory.

ACCUPLACER, AP, SAT, ACT, PSAT, ASVAB, End of Pathway Assessments (EOPAs) etc. are optional but must be taken in person at an assigned time.

These may be required to participate in specific programs.

Gifted Testing is by invitation only and may be given in person and/or online proctored by camera and microphone at the sole discretion of the school administration and/or according to specific testing requirements. The testing is optional, but a ‘Gifted’ designation may be required to participate in specific programs and/or activities and cannot be acquired without participation in Gifted Testing.

There may be additional required tests/assessments/diagnostics/exams depending on the grade level, course, and/or a student's special circumstances that are monitored on camera and/or are taken in person. A student’s special circumstances may include but is not limited to those that may be required for RtI/MTSS monitoring, to participate in the Advanced & Gifted Program, to be considered for AP/Dual Enrollment classes, and/or as may be required per a student’s IEP.

All students have a set amount of time to complete tests/assessments/diagnostics/exams unless extended time is allowed per a student’s IEP and/or 504 Plan. Students who receive accommodations for extended time are typically expected to submit their tests/assessments/diagnostics/exams on the same due date as other students as extended time usually refers to the number of minutes allowed to complete an assessment; however, students are provided all necessary provisions as noted in their IEP and/or 504 Plan even if extended time, in rare instances, refers to an amended due date.