Georgia Assessments


The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a year-long, performance-based assessment. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade. GKIDS will allow teachers to assess student performance during instruction, record student performance in an on-line database, and generate reports for instructional planning, progress reports, report cards, SST, and/or parent conferences. Throughout the year, teachers may assess students and record GKIDS data based on their system’s curriculum map or report card schedule. At the end of the year, summary reports and individual student reports will be generated based on the data the teacher has entered throughout the year.



The Georgia Milestones is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school.  Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course assessment for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education. 




Georgia’s performance-based writing assessments are administered to students in grades three, five, eight, and eleven. Student writing samples are evaluated on an analytic scoring system in all grades to provide diagnostic feedback to teachers, students, and parents about individual performance. The writing assessments provide information to students about their writing performance and areas of strength and challenge. This information is useful for instruction and preparation for future writing assessments.




The GAA is a portfolio of student work that enables the demonstration of achievement and progress relative to selected skills that are aligned to the Georgia curriculum. The portfolio is used to capture student learning and achievement/progress in four content areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. This assessment program promotes a vision of enhancing capacities and integrated life opportunities for students who experience significant cognitive disabilities.



The A+ Educational Reform Act of 2000,O.C.G.A. §20-2-281, mandates that the State Board of Education adopt end-of-course assessments in grades nine through twelve for core subjects to be determined by the State Board of Education. With educator input, and State Board approval, the End-of-Course Assessment program is therefore comprised of the following content area assessments:



• Analytic Geometry

 • Coordinate Algebra

 • Social Studies

 • United States History

 • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

 • Science

 • Biology

 • Physical Science

 • English Language Arts

 • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition

 • American Literature and Composition


The Georgia Department of Education has provided a refreshed version of the Experience Online Testing Georgia website. Importantly, please note that the website is best accessed using Chrome or Safari web browsers.  Some features may not work when other browsers are used.  The purpose of this site is to familiarize students with the navigation of the online testing process. The items that makeup the demonstration tests are general and reflect multiple grade levels. Items are not necessarily reflective of the range of content or challenge that students will experience when taking the actual Georgia Milestones tests.

Cook County Schools will administer the Georgia Milestone End of Grade tests for grades 3-8 in April. The test dates are:

April 21st English Language Arts

April 22nd Writing

April 23rd Math

April 28th Science

April 29th Social Studies

Students in grades 5 and 8 will test online. By the year 2017, all students will test online.  Click here for additional Georgia Milestones Assessment Information for Grades 3-12