State-Mandated Tests for Grades K-12
- Georgia Milestones
- Georgia Alternate Assessment 2.0 (GAA 2.0)
- NWEA MAP Assessment
- GKIDS 2.0 Assessment
- ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
- Gifted Testing
- Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
- College Entrance Exams
- Career Readiness Exams
Georgia Cyber Academy students in 3rd through 8th grade, as well as students enrolled in certain high school level courses, are required to participate in Georgia Milestones testing. This testing is in-person and conducted at various testing sites throughout the state. Students are assigned a test site based on proximity to their primary address on file.
Students in grades 3-8 take End-of-Grade (EOG) assessments. Students taking certain high school level courses take End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. During the spring main administration of Georgia Milestones, EOG and EOC testing is done during back-to-back, but separate weeks.
Opting-out is not permitted. Students with an approved excused absence will be required to make-up missed tests on an alternate day during the approved testing window or re-test during the summer if that is an option. Students who miss required testing may be withdrawn from the school, may not be promoted to the next grade level, and/or may not be awarded credit for a high school level course.
NOTE: It is possible that a family may have one student assigned to a morning test session and another assigned to an afternoon session during Georgia Milestones testing, thus occupying most of that family’s day. If a family has students in both grades 3-8 and in high school, that family may be involved in Georgia Milestones testing for up to two weeks.
Students taking the following high school level courses (including middle schoolers) must take the coinciding Georgia Milestones End-Of-Course (EOC) assessment to receive credit:
- 9th Grade Literature and Composition
- American Literature and Composition
- Physical Science
- United States History
Typically, EOC assessments are taken at the end of a course, regardless of the grade level. At GCA, this means most students take the Economics EOC assessment during the winter administration and all other EOC assessments during the spring administration. These assessments serve as the final exam for the course and count as twenty percent (20%) of the student’s final course grade.
EOC assessments are taken in-person at a physical testing site and are administered by certified GCA staff members. Assessments are taken on computers. Students will be assigned a testing date, report time, and testing site by GCA administration.
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses in American Literature and Composition, United States History, or Economics are exempt from taking the corresponding EOC assessments. No other EOC assessments may be exempted by taking AP courses.
Dual Enrollment students who earn a post-secondary credit in the following courses are exempt from taking corresponding EOC assessments: American Literature and Composition, Physical Science, United States History, and Economics. No other EOC assessments may be exempted due to Dual Enrollment.
Middle schoolers enrolled in a high school level English Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Science EOC course will take the corresponding EOC assessment and are exempt from the EOG assessment for that subject area.
8th graders enrolled in a high school level Social Studies EOC course are not exempt from the Social Studies EOG assessment. These students will take both the 8th grade Social Studies EOG assessment and the applicable EOC assessment.
Students who fail an EOC assessment taken during the spring administration may retake the test during the following summer retest administration.
Students who have transferred to GCA from a home study program or unaccredited private school may take EOC assessments to validate credit for courses previously taken. These students have just one opportunity to take and pass an EOC assessment for which they wish to receive credit. A student in this category who takes and fails an EOC assessment or does not test will not receive credit for that course and will need to retake the course with GCA.
EOC Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- Winter Administration: December 7-11, 2020
- Spring Administration: April 26-30, 2021
- Summer Retest Administration: June 28 – July 2, 2021
Students in 3rd grade through 8th grade are required to take the appropriate Georgia Milestones End-Of-Grade (EOG) assessments each spring. All students in these grades test in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, while students in 5th grade and 8th grade are additionally assessed in Science and Social Studies.
ELA testing spans two days. All other content areas are tested on a single day. Thus, students in the 5th and 8th grades will test a total of 5 days. All other students will test for 3 days.
EOG assessments are taken in-person at a physical testing site and are administered by certified GCA staff members. Assessments are taken on computers. Students will be assigned a testing date, report time, and testing site by GCA administration. Typically, elementary students are assigned morning test times and middle school students are assigned afternoon test times.
State law mandates that student achievement in Reading, as measured by the ELA EOG assessment, be considered in promotion and retention decisions for students in grades 3, 5, and 8, while student achievement in Mathematics, as measured by the Mathematics EOG assessment, be considered in grades 5 and 8. Students who fail to demonstrate grade-level achievement on these measures are to receive remediation and be offered an opportunity for a retest prior to consideration for promotion to grades 4, 6, and 9. Retesting takes place during the summer. Failure to demonstrate grade-level proficiency on the retest may result in retention.
Georgia Milestones does not offer summer retesting for Science or Social Studies EOG assessments. Nor does it offer students in 4th, 6th, or 7th grades the opportunity to retest in any subject. 3rd graders may only retest in ELA, not in Mathematics.
EOG Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-21
- Spring Administration: April 19-23, 2021
- Summer Retest Administration: June 28 – July 2, 2021
Georgia Alternate Assessment 2.0 (GAA 2.0)
The Georgia Alternate Assessment 2.0 (GAA 2.0) exists to allow students with significant cognitive disabilities to show achievement in the knowledge, concepts, and skills included in Georgia’s content standards. Students who take the GAA 2.0 do not participate in Georgia Milestones testing.
Only a student’s IEP team can determine if a student is eligible for the GAA 2.0. The GAA 2.0 is an in-person test conducted by certified GCA staff. The GAA 2.0 takes place each spring.
Students in kindergarten, 3rd through 8th grade, and 11th grade will be assessed in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Students in 5th, 8th, and 11th grade will also be tested in Science and Social Studies.
The Georgia Standards of Excellence and Extended Content Standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities drive the curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessment in the LIFE (Learning Instruction with Functional Education) Program at Georgia Cyber Academy.
If you have further questions about GAA 2.0, please contact Paige Hulsey. GAA Coordinator, at email@example.com.
GAA Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
GAA Administration Window: March 22 – May 3, 2021
NWEA Map Assessment
The assessments in the MAP Suite give you a thorough picture of student learning: how much they’ve grown, what they’re ready to learn, and the specific skill gaps they need to master. The MAP Suite measures exactly what’s needed to give you valuable data with maximum efficiency: no more and no less testing than required.
MAP Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
GKIDS 2.0 Assessment
The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a formative assessment that takes place over the course of a schoolyear. Kindergarten teachers collect and assess student work throughout the year in order to measure student growth in several areas.
The goal of GKIDS is to measure a student’s knowledge and skills in a number of areas of learning, to assist teachers in planning instruction, and to give families a chance to view their students’ progress over time. GKIDS results are not intended to determine whether or not a kindergartner will be promoted to 1st grade.
One component of GKIDS is the GKIDS Readiness Check, which is conducted during the first 6 weeks of the school year. During the Readiness Check window teachers observe and assess student performance in 3 areas: Foundations of School Success, English Language Arts, and Mathematics.
For more information on GKIDS or the GKIDS Readiness Check feel free to contact your student’s kindergarten teacher.
GKIDS Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- GKIDS Administration Window: August 2020 – May 2021
ACCESS for ELLs
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is administered, annually, to all English learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS for ELLs meets the federal requirements that mandates require states to evaluate EL students in grades K through 12 on their progress in learning to speak English.
ACCESS testing is conducted in-person at a physical testing site and is administered by certified GCA staff members. Students will be assigned a testing date, report time, and testing site by GCA administration.
ACCESS Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- February 1-5, 2021
To be considered gifted, a student must demonstrate a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability, exhibit an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excel in specific academic fields. A gifted student needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her abilities.
GCA has an automatic referral process. Additionally, teachers, counselors, parents, or other stakeholders may refer students for gifted screening.
Throughout the state, varied assessments are utilized in determining whether a student should be considered gifted. At GCA, the following assessments are used:
NWEA MAP: Students are typically assessed using MAP three times over the course of each school year. MAP testing measures a student’s mastery of academic skills.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT): This assessment is used as a tool to measure students’ verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning abilities.
Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT): This assessment is used as a tool to measure a student’s creative ability. This assessment is conducted in-person at a physical testing site and is administered by certified GCA staff members.
Gifted Rating Scale (GRS) or Gifted Education Scale (GES-4): These rating scales are based on current theories of giftedness and gifted and talented characteristics.
All gifted testing is by invitation only and may be given in person and/or online. For online testing, students will be monitored by camera and microphone.
For more information about gifted testing, visit GCA’s Advanced and Gifted page and/or contact your student’s teacher or Stacy Clendenen, Advanced and Gifted Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
GCA students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses may take corresponding AP exams in the spring. Students must decide during the fall whether or not they will participate in AP testing. There is a fee associated with AP testing.
AP exams are conducted in-person*. Students who live in or near the metro-Atlanta area should test at the GCA central office in Atlanta with GCA staff. Students who live far from Atlanta can arrange to take AP exams at a local high school.
For more information about AP testing, contact your AP teacher or Marchele Nelson, Assistant Director of Advanced and Gifted Programs, at email@example.com.
*In 2020 AP exams were conducted virtually due to COVID-19. This was a one-time event and the exams will go back to the in-person format in 2021.
AP Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- May 3-14, 2021
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
The PSAT is conducted every October. It gives students in the 10th and 11th grade an opportunity to practice for the SAT. Additionally, 11th graders who take the PSAT are eligible to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship.
The PSAT is conducted in-person. GCA will offer at least one testing location for students who wish to test. Students who don’t live close to a GCA testing location can contact the administration at a local school well in advance of the test date in order to test there.
For more information about the PSAT, contact your counselor.
AP Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- October 14, 2020 (Primary Test Day)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
GCA does not typically administer the SAT. High school students who wish to take the SAT should register with CollegeBoard (see link below). When registering, a list of testing locations that a student can request will be displayed.
The SAT reasoning test is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems. All colleges and universities in Georgia accept scores from the SAT for admission purposes. CollegeBoard determines the national testing dates and testing sites for the SAT exam.
If you have questions about the SAT, talk to your GCA counselor or contact CollegeBoard directly.
SAT Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- August 29, 2020
- September 26, 2020
- October 3, 2020
- November 7, 2020
- December 5, 2020
American College Testing (ACT)
GCA does not typically administer the ACT. High school students who wish to take this test should register with ACT (see link below). When registering, a list of testing locations that a student can request will be displayed.
The ACT examination assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college level work. All colleges and universities in Georgia accept scores from the ACT for admission purposes. ACT determines the national testing dates and testing sites for the ACT exam.
If you have questions about the ACT, talk to your GCA counselor or contact ACT directly.
ACT Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- July 18, 2020
- September 12, 2020
- October 24, 2020
- December 12. 2020
- February 6, 2021
- April 17, 2021
- June 12, 2021
- July 17, 2021
Accuplacer is a computerized placement test used by many colleges and tech schools to assess an incoming student's proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students showing proficiency in a subject will not have to take developmental level courses and can begin taking courses for credit sooner.
GCA students wanting to take Accuplacer can do so at the GCA District Office in Atlanta. Students who don’t live near the office can find a closer non-GCA test center here.
Students interested in taking Accuplacer or who have questions about Accuplacer should contact their GCA counselor.
Accuplacer Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- October 8, 2020
- November 12, 2020
- February 11, 2021
- March 11, 2021
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a test for students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who are interested in joining the military. The test is designed to assess which jobs would fit a student’s skill set and measures verbal, math, and science/technical skills.
Taking the ASVAB is not a commitment to enlist or speak to recruiters but is required for those wishing to join the military. A student’s score determines which branches of service and types of jobs they are eligible for. The ASVAB can be taken more than once, but only the most recent score is valid. Scores are good for two years.
The ASVAB is an in-person assessment. GCA students who wish to, may request to take the test at the GCA main office in Atlanta. Students may also test at other locations not affiliated with GCA.
If you are interested in taking the ASVAB, please contact your GCA counselor.
ASVAB Testing Dates for Academic Year 2020-2021
- October 7, 2020
- February 24, 2021