GCA students are required to attend state required testing. All students in grades 3-8 will take the Georgia Milestones End of Grade in April. A change as of 2017 – 18 is 6th and 7th graders will only take Language Arts and Math Milestones. 8th graders will take Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies Milestones. If a student does not attend required testing (with exception of a medical excuse), the student may be withdrawn from GCA.
GCA students have access to Internet-based resources to prepare for state mandated testing. These include: Course work, USA Test Prep, STRIDE, MAP Skills and other resources.
Infinite Campus is used for mid-semester and final grade reporting, transcript and Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) data. Parents can access the Infinite Campus parent portal by following these directions to create an account. You can also view this helpful step-by-step video. Contact your Family Success Liaison should you need assistance.
MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)
Interim Assessments/Final Exams (IAs) will be administered during the final week of the Instructional Cycle. Interim Assessments 1, 2, and 3 will count as a participation grade in the Mandatory Benchmark/Growth/Summative Assessment Participation category. SEM 1 Final Exam and SEM 2 Final Exam scores will be recorded in the gradebook as a final exam and count toward the student’s final course average. They will be graded for accuracy and the student's actual score will be entered in the Final Exam category of the gradebook.
- USA TP parameters will be set to show the answers after student completes test. (Corrections must include the explanation of why they answered incorrectly)
- Students may take the Interim Assessments ONE time.
- Final exam study guides are REQUIRED to be provided to students
- Teacher will offer Final exam test corrections. The points earned for test corrections will be added to the test score in OMS.
- Count each correct response as half credit based on the point value of the question on the Final Exam. (4- point question is worth 2 points in correction.)
- Beginning and Developing Learners will complete Final Exams in Live Class Connect in a breakout room with their web cam and microphone on (if possible). Proficient and Advanced Learners may take in live class or asynchronously within the assigned week.
- Students must follow the format given by the content teacher for test correction points to be earned.
- Late policy- student still cannot exceed 70.
LATE Plan for Interim Assessments/Final Exams
Interim Assessments/Final Exams will be given full credit earned if completed within the window in which they are assigned. OMS accounts will be locked for failure to take the Interim Assessments/Final Exam. This means the student will not have access to the content courses for a 24-hour period until the Interim Assessment/Final Exam is completed. Final exam - After the due date, the maximum credit the student may earn is a 70%, unless determined otherwise by administration. An example of this: Student A scores a 65 and turned it in late. Student receives a 65 in the grade book. Student B scores an 80 and turned it in late. Student receives a 70 in the grade book. Students who have a current IEP or 504 will receive their testing accommodations during the testing experience.
|Pretest/MAP||8/13– 8/17||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Participation Grade|
|IA 1- Check||9/24 - 27||Asynchronous assignment||Participation Grade|
|IA 2- Check||10/29 – 11/1||Asynchronous assignment||Participation Grade|
|Winter MAP||12/10 – 12/13||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Participation Grade|
|Final Exam SEM 1||12/17 – 12/20||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Earned grade recorded|
|IA 3 - Check||2/11 – 2/14||Asynchronous assignment||Participation Grade|
|Final Exam SEM 2||3/25 – 3/28||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Earned grade recorded|
|Spring MAP||5/7 – 5/10||See schedule in CC for administration or contact content teacher(s)||Participation Grade|
To determine students’ instructional levels and to measure academic growth throughout the school year in Mathematics, Reading/ English Language Arts, and Science. MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly. MAP Growth reports also provide typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. This is an online test.
- August 13 -17, 2018
- December 10 – 13, 2018
- May 7 – 10, 2019