Testing Information

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT):

These assessments measure student’s skills in reading, language, mathematics, science, social studies and writing in grades 1,2, and 5. These tests provide the school and system with information which identifies how well students are achieving in each area as compared to either national norms or to state averages.  The results of the tests will help educators in planning and implementing programs to meet individual needs. 

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is scheduled for administration in September 2015 to all students in grades 1, 3, and 5. This test measures development of abstract reasoning abilities through verbal, quantitative and nonverbal assessments.  Teachers use CogAT scores to determine if students are achieving to their potential and to identify their areas of strength. 

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS):

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) will be administered to students in grades 2 and 5 in October 2015.  The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is a norm-referenced test that measures student achievement in reading, language, mathematics, science, social studies, and sources of information. The ITBS results are used to provide teachers with information needed to meet the individual learning needs of each student. The test can help identify learning strengths and the areas in which greatest improvement is needed. Scores can also be used to compare students' performance with the performance of other students in the same grade throughout the nation.

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs):

The ACCESS assessments is administered, annually, to all ELL students in grades K - 5 from mid -January to March. It 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 for ELLs is used to determine the English language proficiency levels and progress of ELs in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. ACCESS for ELLs serves five main purposes. These include:

  • determining the English language proficiency level of students;
  • providing districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESOL programs;
  • providing information that enhances instruction and learning in programs for English language learners;
  • assessing annual English language proficiency gains using a standards-based assessment instrument;
  • providing data for meeting federal and state requirements with respect to student assessment.

Georgia Milestones (GMAS):

Students in grades 3,4, and will participate in the Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessment on five days in April 2015. The purpose of this assessment is to measure students’ mastery of the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The Georgia Department of Education will analyze assessment results and provide achievement scores in the fall of the following year.  Results will be used to measure students’ mastery of content standards, provide teachers with feedback about instructional practices, and assist school and district leaders in identifying academic strengths and weaknesses and planning educational programs to support improvement.