Several assessments are administered district wide in order to track and evaluate the educational progress of our students.
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) (Grades K and 1)
The DIBELS assessments are used to monitor student growth in key literacy skills. This assessment is only used to track student progress and is not a promotional requirement. Below is a brief description of the DIBELS assessment.
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.
DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. (Information from the Dynamic Measurement Group website)
The link below will provide more information on the DIBELs assessments.
Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) (Grades 2-8)
The Scholastic Reading Inventory is used in grades 2-8 to track students reading comprehension skills. In addition to providing valuable data to teachers to aid in instruction, the SRI is currently a promotional requirement in grades 2, 4, and 7. Promotional requirements can be found here. Below is a brief description of the SRI from the Scholastic Website.
The SCHOLASTIC READING INVENTORY™ (SRI) is a research-based, computer-adaptive reading assessment program for students in Grades K–12 that measures reading comprehension on the Lexile Framework® for Reading. The most powerful feature of the SRI is its ability to administer fast and reliable low-stakes assessment to inform instruction and make accurate placement recommendations. Aligned to state tests, SRI helps educators forecast student achievement to those important goals.
The link below will provide more information on the SRI assessment.
The NEW Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Grades 3-12)
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the traditional state assessments (CRCT, EOCT, Writing Assessments for 3rd, 5th, and 8th Grade) will be replaced by a new assessment called the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS). The adoption of the Common Core State Standards in 2010 required an overhaul of the current assessment system in order to match the rigor of the new standards. The ELA department in the district has been aware of this assessment shift and has been working to prepare students throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Below is a June 4, 2014 press release from the Georgia Department of Education regarding the new assessment.
The Georgia Department of Education will implement a new testing system, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) during the 2014-2015 academic year. The new system will replace both the CRCT and the EOCT.
Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and will require more from students than the CRCT and EOCT it replaces, in order to better prepare students for college and career and to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress. A major benefit of the new system is that it is one consistent testing program across grades 3-12, whereas previously students took a series of individual tests.
The increased expectations for student learning reflected in Georgia Milestones may mean initially lower scores than the previous years’ CRCT or EOCT scores. That is to be expected and should bring Georgia’s tests in line with other indicators of how our students are performing, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said.
“We need to know that students are being prepared, not at a minimum-competency level but with rigorous, relevant education, to enter college, the workforce or the military at a level that makes them competitive with students from other states,” Dr. Barge said.
The new testing system will include open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. With some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accommodations, Georgia Milestones will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation, compared to 35 percent online administration of the EOCT in 2013-2014.
The State of Georgia awarded a bid on Wednesday, May 28 to CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop the new testing system. The award is for a $107.8-million, five-year contract.
The link below will provide additional information on the implementation of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System.