6th Grade 2016 Georgia Milestones

Success and Nothing Less!

Let's Be Partners!

Teachers and parents must work together for the success of every student. Lives are so busy these days, as a mother of three school aged children myself, I know of the pressures we are all under. As a teacher, that is why I know how important it is to communicate and share resources. My hope is that this will help you to ensure the success of your child.

Milestone Practice Writing to be Signed!

Today, the students took a GA Milestones practice writing test (extended informational response). You will need to sign it and get it back to me by Friday. It will help you to understand where your child is in his or her writing ability with no teacher assistance and under time constraints.

Ways You Can Help Your Child Succeed Academically

  • Read-Aloud to your child every night (even in the upper grades). It is calming and he will enjoy the bonding time and so will you. Try books that are a bit more difficult such as The Hobbit, the Harry Potter series, or classics such as the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.
  • Take all electronics and technology out of the child's room.
  • Talk to your child about his or her day. If he responses with a , "It was good," don't let it lie, ask deeper questions. The communication will help your child articulate and remember what he learned.
  • Take bi-weekly trips to the library or access books online from Amazon to download. The library is great because it is quiet and your child must focus on the task at hand.
  • Don't let your child stay up late watching television or playing video games. Many children come to school complaining that they are tired because they were up playing on their technologies. Have a place in the house where all technologies must be turned in at a certain time.

Georgia Milestones Test Overview

Georgia Milestones Assessment System

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. Georgia Milestones 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. 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 for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education.

Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:

  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • 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; and
  • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-pencil as back-up until the transition is complete.

What is the purpose of Georgia Milestones?

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career). Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system. Parents, the public, and policy makers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia. As such, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability syste​m – the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

What content areas and grade levels are tested?

Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies. These tests are administered towards the end of the school year, typically in April or early May. Each school district selects a local testing window from within the state designated timeframe to administer the end-of-grade measures.

Students at the high school level will take an end-of-course assessment in the following eight courses:

  • Language Arts

    • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

    • American Literature and Composition

  • Mathematics

    • Coordinate Algebra

    • Analytic Geometry

  • Science

    • Physical Science

    • Biology

  • Social Studies

    • United States History

    • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

Middle school students who are enrolled in one or more of these courses will also take the end-of-course measure. The end-of-course measures are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of the grade level. These measures serve as the final exam for the course, and contribute 20% to the student’s final course grade. Each school district selects a local testing window, based on their local school calendar, from within the state-designated testing window.

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