Georgia Milestones Testing Information

2018 Testing Dates

End of Grade (EOG) Grades 3–5
Monday, April 23–Friday, April 27

End of Grade (EOG) Grades 6–8
Monday, April 23–Friday, April 27

End of Course (EOC) High School
Monday, April 30–Friday, May 4

Testing Schedule

End of Grade (EOG) Grades 3–8
​Coming Soon

End of Course (EOC) High School
​Coming Soon


Student Address Changes

If you need to submit an address change request, follow the instructions on this document: Student Information Changes [PDF].


Important Forms

Fill out and bring these forms to your student's testing site at sign-in: Health & Emergency/Student Release Forms [PDF].
 


Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions.


Elementary School Resources

GADoE Assessment Guides

Grade 3 EOG Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Grade 4 EOG Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Grade 5 EOG Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon

These Assessment Guides are provided to acquaint Georgia educators and other stakeholders with the structure and content assessed on the End of Course (EOC) measures. These guides are not intended to substitute for the state-adopted content standards. The guides are a supplemental resource and are provided to complement, not replace, other instructional resources developed by the local school district or the example resources provided by the Curriculum and Instruction Division of the Georgia Department of Education. In principle, the EOC Assessment Guides are intended to be descriptive of the assessment program and should not be considered all-inclusive. ​

GCA Test Prep Packets

Grade 3 EOG Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Grade 4 EOG Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Grade 5 EOG Test Prep Packet [PDF]

These test prep packets were created by GCA teachers and are a more concise version of the assessment guides provided by the Georgia Department of Education (GADoE).

Online Test Administration

​Many students will take the Georgia milestones tests online at their assigned testing site. The Experience Online Testing Georgia site lets students see what testing online is like.

Online Testing Demonstration - coming soon
​Experience Online Testing

GADoE Study/Resource Guides

Grade 3 EOG Study/Resource Guide - coming soon
Grade 4 EOG Study/Resource Guide - coming soon
Grade 5 EOG Study/Resource Guide - coming soon

The Study/Resource Guides are intended to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards. 

Allowable Calculators

Grades 3–5: No calculators allowed 

Georgia Department of Education Milestones Calculator Policy​ - coming soon

Georgia Performance Standards

GeorgiaStandards.Org allows parents easy access to information about the state’s standards. This web site also offers a variety of free resources to help you motivate and support your child’s curriculum at home while reinforcing the standards your child is working on in the classroom.

General Information

View the General Information section for testing dates, report times, and more.

View Frequently Asked Questions.


Middle School Resources

GADoE Assessment Guides

Grade 6 EOG Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Grade 7 EOG Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
​Grade 8 EOG Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon

These Assessment Guides are provided to acquaint Georgia educators and other stakeholders with the structure and content assessed on the End of Course (EOC) measures. These guides are not intended to substitute for the state-adopted content standards. The guides are a supplemental resource and are provided to complement, not replace, other instructional resources developed by the local school district or the example resources provided by the Curriculum and Instruction Division of the Georgia Department of Education. In principle, the EOC Assessment Guides are intended to be descriptive of the assessment program and should not be considered all-inclusive. ​​

GCA Test Prep Packets

Grade 6 EOG Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Grade 7 EOG Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Grade 8 EOG Test Prep Packet [PDF]

These test prep packets were created by GCA teachers and are a more concise version of the assessment guides provided by the Georgia Department of Education (GADoE).

Online Test Administration

​Many students will take the Georgia Milestones tests online at their assigned testing site. The Experience Online Testing Georgia site lets students see what testing online is like.

Online Testing Demonstration​ - coming soon
Experience Online Testing

Georgia Performance Standards

GeorgiaStandards.Org allows parents easy access to information about the state’s standards. This web site also offers a variety of free resources to help you motivate and support your child’s curriculum at home while reinforcing the standards your child is working on in the classroom.

GADoE Study/Resource Guides

Grade 6 EOG Study/Resource Guide [PDF]​ - coming soon
Grade 7 EOG Study/Resource Guide [PDF]​ - coming soon
​Grade 8 EOG Study/Resource Guide [PDF]​ - coming soon

The Study/Resource Guides are intended to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards. 

Allowable Calculators

Grade 6: Basic four-function calculator (with square root and percentage functions)

Grades 7–8: Scientific or basic calculator (with square root and percentage functions)

Georgia Department of Education Milestones Calculator Policy​ [PDF] - coming soon

Middle School Students Taking High School Courses

Middle School students who are currently taking High School level Algebra I, Geometry, Physical Science, or Biology courses will be scheduled to take the End of Course test for the corresponding course. They will not be scheduled to take the Middle School Math or Science End of Grade test.

Middle School Students taking High School level Ninth Grade Literature & Composition or American Literature & Composition will take the End of Grade test for English/Language Arts as well as the End of Course test for the corresponding course.

General Information

View the General Information section for testing dates, report times, and more.

​​View Frequently Asked Questions.


High School Resources

GADoE Assessment Guides

9th Grade Lit. & Comp. EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
American Lit. & Comp. EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Algebra I EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
​Geometry EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Physical Science EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Biology EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
US History EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Economics EOC Assessment Guide [PDF] - coming soon

These Assessment Guides are provided to acquaint Georgia educators and other stakeholders with the structure and content assessed on the End of Course (EOC) measures. These guides are not intended to substitute for the state-adopted content standards. The guides are a supplemental resource and are provided to complement, not replace, other instructional resources developed by the local school district or the example resources provided by the Curriculum and Instruction Division of the Georgia Department of Education. In principle, the EOC Assessment Guides are intended to be descriptive of the assessment program and should not be considered all-inclusive. 

GCA Test Prep Packets

9th Grade Lig. & Comp. EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]
American Lit. & Comp. EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Algebra I EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Geometry EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Physical Science EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Biology EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]
US History EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]
Economics EOC Test Prep Packet [PDF]

Online Test Administration

​Many students will take the Georgia Milestones tests online at their assigned testing site. The Experience Online Testing Georgia site lets students see what testing online is like.

Online Testing Demonstration - coming soon
Experience Online Testing

GADoE Study/Resource Guides

9th Grade Lig. & Comp. EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon
American Lit. & Comp. EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Algebra I EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Geometry EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Physical Science EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Biology EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon
US History EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon
Economics EOC Study/Resource Guide [PDF] - coming soon

The Study/Resource Guides are intended to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards. 

Allowable Calculators

Algebra I EOC: Graphing calculator or Scientific 
Geometry EOC: Graphing calculator or Scientific 
Physical Science EOC: Scientific or Basic calculator (with square root and percentage functions)
Economics EOC: Scientific or Basic calculator (with square root and percentage functions)

Georgia Department of Education Milestones Calculator Policy​ [PDF] - coming soon

Georgia Performance Standards

GeorgiaStandards.Org allows parents easy access to information about the state’s standards. This web site also offers a variety of free resources to help you motivate and support your child’s curriculum at home while reinforcing the standards your child is working on in the classroom.

General Information

View the General Information section for testing dates, report times, and more.​

View Frequently Asked Questions.


Georgia Milestones Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know my student's score?

RETURNING STUDENTS: Your student’s homeroom teacher will email you a password protected PDF copy of your Georgia Milestones score report.

WITHDRAWN GEORGIA CYBER ACADEMY (GCA) STUDENTS: Please complete a records request form to receive a copy of your Georgia Milestones score report. Georgia Milestones Score Report Request

NEW GCA STUDENTS: Please request a copy of your Georgia Milestones score report from the school you attended during the previous school year.

Georgia Milestones EOG test scores for grades 3–8 and EOC test scores for high school are now available in the Infinite Campus parent portal. Please view the following document for instructions on accessing your student's EOG or EOC scores: Retrieving State Test Scores from the Infinite Campus Parent Portal

If your student is withdrawing from GCA, a records request may be completed by the Legal Guardian and test records will be sent to the receiving school. If you would like to request records, please have the new school fax a records request or the Legal Guardian must complete the K–12 Student Records Release Form.

If your student has withdrawn and is not enrolled with GCA for the current school year, you will need to submit a records request to receive a paper copy of your student's scores. Please fill out the Georgia Milestones Score Report Request if your student has withdrawn.

What is the Georgia Milestones Assessment System?

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is a comprehensive assessment system spanning grades 3–12. 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 3–8 will take the End-of-Grade (EOG) measures in each content area, while high school students will take the appropriate End-of-Course (EOC) measure for the identified courses.

Who developed Georgia Milestones? 

Georgia Milestones was designed and developed by the State of Georgia. Importantly, Georgia Milestones is not an “off-the-shelf” commercial testing program, but rather, a customized program designed to fit the needs of our state and our students. The development process began over three years ago and directly involved Georgia educators at every step. Every test item that appears on Georgia Milestones has been reviewed by Georgia educators no fewer than two times. Now that Georgia Milestones has been launched, Georgia educators will continue to have significant input in the continued development of the program.

Why did Georgia change assessments?

Georgia changed assessments because the former testing programs were in existence for over a decade and no longer met the needs of students, parents, schools, and districts. Georgia Milestones replaced each of the following individual tests: the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), End of Course Tests (EOCT), and the Georgia Writing Assessments. Georgia Milestones reduces the number of state mandated tests students take as a result. Further, Georgia Milestones includes open-ended test items in addition to multiple choice items allowing students to demonstrate more clearly what they know. The system also allows Georgia to send a signal of college and career readiness for each of our students.

What value does Georgia Milestones bring to our state and its students?

Under the former testing programs, Georgia had some of the lowest achievement expectations in the nation. Georgia’s commitment to providing a truer picture of student achievement was a paramount consideration in the development of the new assessment. Historically, Georgia has been portrayed as a state with one of the largest “honesty gaps” based on the information its former testing programs provided. In short, Georgia Milestones provides a more accurate view of where we are as a state and where we need to focus our attention to ensure all students are successful and can compete with their peers from across our nation.

What are some key differences between previous state tests and Georgia Milestones assessments?

The inclusion of open-ended test items in English Language Arts and Mathematics allowing students to explain their answers is a significant change for Georgia. These items, including the assessment of 2 writing as part of the English Language Arts tests, provide students the opportunity to demonstrate the depth of their understanding relative to the standards being assessed. Georgia Milestones contains four Achievement Levels rather than just three as was the case with the previous CRCT, EOCT, and Writing Assessments. This allows students, parents, and schools to have a more precise indication of student achievement.

What are the achievement levels for Georgia Milestones?

Georgia Milestones reports student achievement in four levels: Beginning Learners, Developing Learners, Proficient Learners, and Distinguished Learners.

  • Beginning Learners: These students do not yet demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students need substantial academic support to be prepared for the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
  • Developing Learners: These students demonstrate partial proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified by Georgia’s content standards. The students need additional academic support to ensure success in the next grade level or course and to be on track for college and career readiness.
  • Proficient Learners: These students demonstrate proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are prepared for the next grade level or course and are on track for college and career readiness.
  • Distinguished Learners: These students demonstrate advanced proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at this course of learning, as specified in Georgia’s content standards. The students are well prepared for the next grade level or course and are prepared for college and career readiness.

How can I use the Individual Score Report to help my student? 

​Your student’s score report provides information that describes how prepared he or she is to move on to the next grade level. You can schedule time to talk with your student’s teacher about his/her strengths and areas of needed improvement as identified in the report. In areas where your student did not demonstrate proficiency, you can ask your student’s teacher to suggest ways that you can support your student. You can also ask what can be done at home to build on your student’s strengths in those areas where he/she demonstrated grade level proficiency or better. 

Where can I find more detailed descriptions of the Achievement Levels for EOG? 

For additional information about Achievement Levels, including brief descriptions of the knowledge and skills students at each level demonstrate, please visit testing.gadoe.org. Click on Georgia Milestones Assessment System and then on EOG Resources.

How will the EOC scores impact my student’s final course grade? 

State law requires that the Georgia Milestones End of Course measures serve as the final exam for the following courses and that the test results contribute 20 percent of a student’s final course grade:

  • Ninth Grade Literature & Composition
  • United States History
  • American Literature & Composition
  • Geometry Economics
  • Algebra I
  • Biology
  • Physical Science

The Grade Conversion score is provided to fulfill this requirement.

What is a Grade Conversion score? 

This score is a two-digit scale score that functions as a percent correct and is used in calculating the 20 percent portion of your student’s final course grade. In short, this is the score that your student’s teacher(s) will enter into their grade book as the final exam as required by State Board Rule 160-4-2-.13 (STATEWIDE PASSING SCORE).

What is a Grade Conversion score? 

This score is a two-digit scale score that functions as a percent correct and is used in calculating the 20 percent portion of your student’s final course grade. In short, this is the score that your student’s teacher(s) will enter into their grade book as the final exam as required by State Board Rule 160-4-2-.13 (STATEWIDE PASSING SCORE).

What does my student’s Lexile measure mean? 

The Lexile measure indicates your student’s reading ability on the Lexile scale. Many books have a Lexile measure, allowing you to use this score to identify books that are at an appropriate reading level for your student as well as to provide some challenge to improve their reading skills. Please visit the Georgia Department of Education's Lexile webpage for more information: Lexile Framework for Reading.

What is a Domain Category and what does Domain Mastery mean?

Domain Categories consist of test items that measure concepts and skills that are similar to one another. Teachers can use student performance in these areas to help determine the level of instructional support or enrichment your student may need and target those skills and concepts during future instruction.

How do test scores this year compare to those of previous years?

Scores from Georgia Milestones cannot, and should not, be compared to those provided by Georgia’s previous tests. Georgia Milestones will reflect four Achievement Levels rather than just three and will also provide English Language Arts scores that include information about reading, writing, and language skills rather than separate scores in those areas as was the case in the past. In short, scores from Georgia Milestones are different from those provided for the CRCT and EOCT.

I heard that the Georgia Milestones is harder than our previous tests and that state results are lower this year than in previous years. Is this true? Does this mean that students are doing worse?

Georgia Milestones’ preliminary state-level results did, in fact, indicate that fewer students in Georgia will score as proficient. This does not mean that Georgia’s students know less, or are performing worse, than in recent years. In fact, many indicators, such as Georgia’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), SAT, and ACT scores, have shown improvement on the part of Georgia’s students. The three achievement standards (expectations) recommended by Georgia educators for Georgia Milestones simply reflect the greater demands of today’s academic, college, and career settings and the stiff competition that students will face as they move into their postsecondary experiences and/or the workforce after high school. 

I’ve heard a lot about college and career readiness. How do I know if my student is college and career ready? 

Georgia Milestones was developed to send a signal of college and career readiness for Georgia’s students. Students who achieve the proficient level or higher have demonstrated, in part, that they are ready for their next endeavor upon graduation. Georgia has defined College and Career Ready as:

Students who are on track to possess the English language arts/literacy/mathematics knowledge and skills needed upon graduation to enter directly and succeed in

  • Entry-level, credit-bearing, postsecondary courses without the need for remedial coursework
  • Job training and/or postsecondary education necessary for their chosen career (e.g., technical/vocational program, community college, apprenticeship or significant on-the-job training)

Importantly, in addition to Georgia educators, university and technical college faculty, along with business and industry leaders from across Georgia, have worked to ensure Georgia Milestones sends this signal.

I see that there is a National Percentile Range on my student’s report. What is a National Percentile and why has this information been included in my child’s report? 

Your child’s National Percentile Range provides a general understanding of how your student’s performance compares to a national sample of his or her peers. It is intended to serve as a barometer or indicator of their performance only based upon a sample of national norm-referenced items. This information is provided, in conjunction with other Georgia Milestones scores that appear on the report, to provide a robust picture of your child’s performance.

What time should my student report to the testing site?

Students will receive final report times from the testing site coordinator with confirmed assignments.

How do I make a "closest" site request?

You will receive an email instructing you to select your closest testing site location. You will be given a time frame to select your preferred location. If you have not made your selection after that time frame, your students will be assigned to the closest testing location based on the Physical Address on file.

In an effort to accommodate closest site assignments please go into Testing Nirvana (GCA’s Testing Management System) to select the site that is closest to you or the site that is convenient for you. Please confirm nearest testing site as soon as possible to choose your preferred site. Space is very limited at some testing sites. The sooner you select your preferred site the better chance you have of receiving that site assignment.

Once a site has filled, you will no longer be able to request the site as your nearest site. If you have more than one student you will need to select a testing site for EACH student.

While we will make every effort to accommodate your request, nearest testing site selections are NOT GUARANTEED but will be utilized to assign students accordingly. Sites are subject to change pending final scheduling and spacing requirements.

You will be notified and asked to confirm your final testing assignment and scheduled test times at a later date.

What happens if I DO NOT choose a site?

You will receive an email instructing you to select your closest testing site location. You will be given a time frame to select your preferred location. If you have not made your selection after that time frame, your students will be assigned to the closest testing location based on the Physical Address on file. Site changes will not be permitted.

What if my address is incorrect?

If you have an address change please notify your homeroom teacher immediately and select the site closest to your new address. If you need to submit an address change request, follow the instructions on this document: Student Information Changes [PDF].

What if I can’t log in to Testing Nirvana or I did not receive the site validation email?

Log in manually (Instructions on next slide) or contact your homeroom teacher. Homeroom teachers can choose the site for you if you are having trouble.

Why don't you have the site that I went to last year?

Due to logistics, student numbers, availability etc., we may not have the same site from year to year. All scheduled sites are listed. 

My student attends Smokerise Prep. Why don't I see that site listed?

Students enrolled at Smokerise Prep DO NOT need to select a closest site. You will be automatically assigned there.

My student is taking the EOG and an EOC, do I need to select a site twice?

Yes, each test is assigned separately. You will be asked to select a site again for EOC assignments when the site selection window opens.

I am trying to choose a site and it is not available or will not let me select the site. Why?

The testing site is now FULL. Please choose another site.

Can I change my site choice?

You may login to Testing Nirvana or click the validation link any time before the site selection deadline to adjust your site. Availability may vary.

Who will administer the Milestones?

Students will be assigned to a testing site away from their home and be administered by state-certified teachers. Your student’s attendance is required. Please make arrangements now to be available for the entire week of testing in order to bring your student to the testing site and pick your student up each day of their scheduled test.

What are the testing and assessment requirements at GCA?

Per the 2017–2018 District Handbook, Georgia Cyber Academy students will participate in the state standardized tests as required by the state of Georgia. Testing will be conducted at a variety of sites around the state and proctored by Georgia Cyber Academy teachers. Efforts will be made to locate a testing site within an hour of your home, but in certain cases it may be necessary to travel longer than an hour. These tests are given over a one- to five-day period depending on the test and student’s grade level.

Please see the section on the “Family Accountability Plan” for information on the consequences of non-participation in mandatory standardized testing.

What if my student has an IEP or a 504 Plan?

Testing Accommodations outlined in your student’s GCA IEP or GCA 504 Plan will be implemented during testing. Prior to testing, a GCA Representative will contact you to confirm your test location, dates, and report time, along with any testing accommodations that GCA is planning to provide.

It is important that you notify GCA of any questions or concerns you have regarding your student’s accommodations. At this point in the school year, all accommodations should already be in place via the student’s IEP/504 Plan; no testing changes should be made to the student plan between now and EOG/EOC.

If you have any questions about which accommodations your student is scheduled to receive, please refer to your copy of the IEP/504 Plan or contact your student’s Case Manager for IEPs (Special Education Teacher) or Homeroom Teacher (for 504 Plans).

Will Move on When Ready (MOWR) students need to take an EOC? 

MOWR students will not be required to take the EOC for the corresponding college course with the exception of students who are taking biology for the first time. Students taking biology for the first time with the MOWR program will need to take an EOC for a college class. Please contact your student's MOWR counselor for details.


Per the Georgia Department of Education, all electronic devices will be collected by the test examiner and returned to the student at the conclusion of testing. GCA strongly recommends that students DO NOT bring electronic devices into the testing room.