• The Dougherty County School System administers a broad array of assessments to measure classroom effectiveness, content mastery and to support both academic programs and social growth.

     Assessments administered in the DCSS include:

     ACCESS for ELLs 

    ACCESS for ELLs is administered, annually, to all English learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs 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. 

    Alternate ACCESS for ELLs 

    Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is a recently developed, individually administered test. It is intended only for English learners with significant cognitive disabilities that are severe enough to prevent meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs assessment. Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is not intended for ELs who can be served with special education accommodations on ACCESS for ELLs. Decisions regarding a student's participation must be made by an IEP team.   

    Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) 

    The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) is a key component of the Georgia Student Assessment Program. An essential tenet of both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is the fact that states must ensure that all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, have access to a general curriculum that encompasses challenging academic standards. States must also ensure that all students are assessed for their progress toward meeting academic standards. 

    Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) Readiness Check 

    The GKIDS Readiness Check is a new component of the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS). It is designed to be administered during the first six weeks of the kindergarten year. The GKIDS Readiness Check is aligned to the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS​) and correlated to the state mandates content standards for kindergarten. The goal of the assessment is to provide information about the skills of students entering kindergarten.  

    Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) 

    The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a year-long, performance-based assessment aligned to the state mandated content standards. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade. Throughout the year, teachers may assess students and record GKIDS data based on their system’s curriculum map or report card schedule. At the end of the year, summary reports and individual student reports will be generated based on the data the teacher has entered throughout the year. 

    Georgia Milestones Assessment System 

    The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school.  Read through our GA Milestones Overview presentation entitled "GM Overview 2017-2018!" The file is located to the right of your screen in PDF format, directly under our list of links.

    Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.   

    Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics while students in grades 5 and 8 are also assessed in science and social studies. High school students take an end-of-course assessment for each of the ten courses designated by the State Board of Education. 

    Students may visit Georgia Experience Online to see what Georgia Milestones online testing is like. The items on the demonstration tests are general and are organized into three grade bands: Grades 3 – 5, Grades 6 – 8, and High School in the content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The items do not necessarily represent the specific grade-level content that students learn daily in their classrooms. The sample tests are not graded, so have fun! 

    End of Grade (EOG) Parent Resources A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the EOG Score Report 

    End of Course (EOC)  

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 

    Georgia students in grades 4, 8, and 12 will participate in the 2017 administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, mathematics, and writing.  This is a great opportunity for our students to show what they know and can do!  The schools and students selected to take the NAEP assessment are representing Georgia – and it’s important that our students do their best!  


    The PSAT is administered to all students in grade 10.  The PSAT is highly relevant to a student’s future success because the focus is on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education.  The PSAT measures what you learn in high school, as well as what you need to succeed in college.  To prepare for the test, we encourage students to take challenging courses, do their homework, and prepare for tests and quizzes.  

    Preparing for College 

    Students planning to apply to college, will more than likely have to take a college entrance exam.  Two common college admission tests are the SAT and ACT. For more information, click one of the links below to learn about the tests, dates, fees, and scores.  

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