The Dougherty County School System has a comprehensive student assessment program consisting of instruments, procedures and policies necessary to implement various instructional initiatives guided by the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and Georgia Performance Standards. All students in kindergarten through twelve grades are required to participate in the Georgia state-mandated assessments. Georgia State Board Rule 160-3-1-.07 requires that each local school system assess all students using the state board designated assessment instruments.
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) has guidelines in place to help govern the administration of all tests. Standard 11 specifically governs all testing activities.
The state of Georgia requires the assessment of all students enrolled in its K-12 public schools. The Mission of Georgia’s assessment program is to measure student achievement relative to the state mandated curriculum, to provide teachers with diagnostic information, identify students failing to achieve mastery of content, and to assist school systems in identifying strengths and weaknesses when planning educational programs. Educators gain valuable data for planning and parents can benchmark the academic growth of their child. Assessments also provide valuable information regarding the progress of schools and the students.
In order to maintain the integrity of the assessment program and its results, security must be established and maintained. The responsibility for the assessment program at the school level rests with the Principal and their designated School Test Coordinator.
Students with disabilities, students meeting Section 504 requirements and English Language Learners may receive appropriate accommodations based on their needs as specified in their Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP).