State's revised testing plan to affect GCPS assessment program

State's revised testing plan to affect GCPS assessment program

          The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has revised its spring testing plan due to concerns about validity of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) at some grade levels and in some subjects. This year, the test will be administered only in grades 4, 6 and 8, and only in the subjects of math, language arts, and reading.

          How will this affect Gwinnett County Public Schools’ assessment program?
          -- The Georgia DOE assures school system leaders they will still be able to assess adequate yearly progress (AYP), as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, on the CRCT. Pay For Performance, Georgia Accountability, and Early Intervention Program (EIP) decisions will be revised appropriately following guidelines to be provided by the Georgia DOE.

          -- Gwinnett students in grades 4, 6, 8 will take the CRCT in reading, language arts, and math on April 28-30, as scheduled. Students in grades 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 will not take the CRCT this spring.

          -- Last year, GCPS changed its student assessment program to integrate the state-required CRCT. Results from the science and social studies portions of the CRCT were to be used this year, along with language arts and mathematics Gateway scores, as promotion criteria for 4th graders. GCPS will administer the Gateway for 4th graders, as planned, in the areas of language arts and mathematics, and promotion criteria for these subject areas will remain the same. However, since the state will not assess science or social studies on the CRCT this year, GCPS will use the following promotion criteria for this year only:
          -- Current 4th grade students who have made one or more U’s on a report card in science or social studies during the school year will be recommended for summer school. At the end of the summer session, these students will take the science and/or social studies portion of the Gateway. (The tests in science and social studies were intended originally to serve as the retest for students who did not meet grade-level expectations in science and social studies on the CRCT.)
                - If the 4th grade summer school student passes the science and/or social studies portions of the Gateway, he will be promoted.
                - Should a student fail the summer test or not take the test, the school then will determine whether the student should be promoted or placed in a transition program where he would receive extra help in that subject area. The summer school Gateway administration will be just one piece of evidence of student progress that is used in making this decision.

          Key GCPS spring testing dates:
          April 15-- 4th and 7th grade Gateway (language arts)
          April 17-- 4th and 7th grade Gateway (mathematics)
          April 22-- 7th grade Gateway (science)
          April 24-- 7th grade Gateway (social studies)
          April 28-- Grades 4, 6, 8 CRCT (reading)
          April 29-- Grades 4, 6, and 8 CRCT (English/language arts) and High School Gateway (social studies/language arts)
          April 30-- Grades 4, 6, and 8 CRCT (mathematics)
          May 1-- High School Gateway (science/language arts)
          May 12-28-- Progress checks for grades 1, 2, and 6