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Rule Number:160-3-1-.07
Testing Programs- Student Assessment   Print Rule
 

(1) DEFINITIONS.

 

 

   (a) Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) – an English language proficiency test administered annually to all English language learners (ELL) in Georgia for the purposes of 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 the annual English language proficiency gains using a standards-based assessment instrument; and providing data for meeting federal and state requirements with respect to student assessment.

 

   (b) Accommodation – an alteration in the administration of an assessment that allows students to participate and is clearly determined by a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, Section 504 Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP) Committee, or English Language Learner (ELL) Testing Participation Committee.  An accommodation is provided to a student during assessment to ensure that the assessment measures what the student knows and is able to do. Accommodations shall be specified in the IEP, in the Section 504 IAP, or in the ELL Testing Participation Committee document.  Accommodations must be part of the usual instructional practices. Accommodations will result in either a standard or conditional /non-standard administration.  Specific information concerning the standard or conditional/non-standard nature of an accommodation is noted and published annually in the Student Assessment Handbook and the respective testing administration materials that accompany each assessment (e.g., Examiner’s Manual and Directions for Administration).

 

   (c) Conditional Administration – a test administration in which a more expansive accommodation is utilized to provide access for students with more severe disabilities who would not be able to access the assessment without such assistance. Conditional accommodations must be used sparingly; the majority of students requiring accommodations are able to successfully demonstrate their achievement with standard accommodations. The use of a conditional accommodation must be required by the student to access the test because of his/her disability.

 

   (d) Core Courses – courses chosen from English/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and foreign language for a high school diploma.  For a Technology/Career-preparatory program of study, four Technology/Career-preparatory units are also considered to be core courses. (Rule 160-4-2-.47 High School Graduation Requirements).

 

   (e) Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) – a test designed to measure how well students are doing relative to predetermined performance levels on a specified set of education goals included in a curriculum.

 

   (f) Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) - The CRCT are designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the state adopted curriculum. The assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to the instruction of the state adopted curriculum, and to gauge the quality of education throughout Georgia.

 

   (g) End of Course Tests (EOCT) - EOCT measure the statewide curriculum of State Board of Education specified high school courses in order to ensure that high-academic standards are being met in all Georgia high schools.  These tests inform students, parents, educators, and the community about the achievement of Georgia students in the specified courses.  Test scores are used as described in Rule 160-4-2-.13 Statewide Passing Score.

 

   (h) English Language Learner (ELL) Student –  a student whose primary or home language is other than English (PHLOTE) and who is eligible for services based on the results of a language placement assessment and, if warranted, additional assessments specified in Rule 160-4-5-.02 Language Assistance: Programs for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students. 

 

   (i)English Language Learner Monitored (ELL-M) Student – a student whose native language is not English and who, based on state English to Speakers of Languages (ESOL) program criteria, has exited the ESOL program or an alternative language assistance program in the past two years.

 

   (j) ELL Testing Participation Committee – a committee convened to make testing decisions for ELL students.  This committee can serve as part of the Language Assessment Conference as defined in 160-4-5-.02 Language Assistance: Programs for Limited English Proficient Students.

 

   (k) Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) – a portfolio assessment designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) whose IEP team has determined they are unable to reasonably participate in the regular assessment program.  The purpose of the GAA is to ensure all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, are provided access to the state curriculum and given the opportunity to demonstrate progress toward achievement of the state standards.      

 

   (l) Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) – a set of four curriculum-based assessments that students must pass in order to earn a regular Georgia high school diploma.  The tests are normally taken for the first time in spring of the 11th grade, and cover English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

 

   (m) Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) – a performance-based writing assessment that is taken for the first time in fall of the 11th grade.  Students must pass this test in order to earn a regular Georgia high school diploma.

 

   (n) Georgia Kindergarten Assessment Program – Revised (GKAP-R) – a performance assessment designed to determine students’ readiness for the first grade to be replaced by the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS).

 

   (o) Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) – a performance assessment designed to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade.

 

   (p) Grade 3 Writing Assessment – a performance-based writing assessment that measures students’ writing proficiency.

 

   (q) Grade 5 Writing Assessment – a performance-based writing assessment that measures students’ writing proficiency.

 

   (r) Grade 8 Writing Assessment – a performance-based writing assessment that measures students’ writing proficiency.

 

   (s) Grade-Level Student - a student who is reported to the department at a grade level in accordance with Rule 160-5-1-.07 Student Data Collection.

 

   (t) Individualized Education Program (IEP) – a written statement of special education, related services, and, as appropriate, transition services, that meets the unique needs of the student with a disability.  An IEP also includes any specific accommodations, needed modifications, and supports for the student with a disability.  The IEP is developed, reviewed, and revised in a meeting by an appropriately staffed IEP team, including the student’s parent(s).  (Rule 160-4-7-.21 Definitions).

 

   (u) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – the federal law that was enacted to ensure that all students with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment and independent living; to ensure that the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected; to assist states, localities, educational service agencies, and federal agencies to provide for the education of students with disabilities; and to assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate students with disabilities. (Rule 160-4-7-.21 Definitions).

 

   (v) Language Proficiency Assessment – an assessment of an ELL student’s:  (1) progress in the acquisition of the English language in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing; and (2) attainment of a prescribed level of performance in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to enable a student to communicate independently in both social and academic settings.

 

   (w) Modification – an alteration in the administration of an assessment that results in a change in the content or construct being assessed, typically either through the addition or removal of content.  Modifications are allowed only in the rarest of circumstances and must be approved by the Testing Division prior to their use. 

 

    (x) National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – a federally funded assessment program that is designed to gather information about what fourth, eighth , and twelfth grade students know and can do in a variety of key subject areas and is given to a sample of students in all states.

 

    (y) Non-standard Administration – a test administration in which the procedures and directions included in the administration manual are not followed exactly.

 

    (z) Norm-referenced Test (NRT) –  a test designed to provide information on how well students perform in comparison to an external reference group or norm group.

 

   (aa) Section 504 Student – a student who currently has an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, who has a record of such impairment or who is regarded as having such an impairment, and who is not eligible for services under IDEA.

 

   (bb) Special Education – specially designed instruction provided at no cost to parents that meets the unique needs of a student with a disability.  Special education includes instruction in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals, institutions and other settings, physical education, travel training and vocational education.   (Rule 160-4-7-.21 Definitions).

 

   (cc) Standard Administration a test administration in which the procedures and directions included in the administration manual are followed exactly.

 

   (dd) Standard Setting – a process that involves subject matter experts and stakeholders using both judgmental methods and performance data to determine the number correct scores (i.e., cut scores) required to achieve establishment performance levels.

 

   (ee) Student with Disabilities – a student who is classified as disabled according to Rule 160-4-7-.21 Definitions and/or according to Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act [34 CFR 104.33 (a)]

 

   (2) GEORGIA STUDENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS. Each local system shall assess all students using state board-designated assessment instruments, as required. When an IEP team, under limited circumstances and in accordance with Georgia Department of Education and federal guidelines, determines that a student at any grade level is not able to participate in any local or state-mandated assessment, even with reasonable accommodations, the IEP team will document the reasons and require the student’s participation in the appropriate State Board approved alternate assessment.  When an ELL Testing Participation Committee, in accordance with Georgia Department of Education and federal guidelines, determines that it is not in the best educational interest for an ELL student enrolled for the first time in a U.S. school to participate in a content area assessment other than mathematics or science, the ELL Testing Participation Committee will document the decision and require the student’s participation in the appropriate State Board approved language proficiency assessment.  All ELL students must participate in mathematics and science content area assessments regardless of length of time in a U.S. school.  Such documentation is to be in accordance with Georgia Department of Education and federal guidelines.  All ELL students must participate annually in the state-adopted English proficiency assessment.

 

   (a) KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT.

1.    Each local school system shall assure that the following requirements are met.

 

   (i) All kindergarten students shall be assessed using the Georgia Kindergarten Assessment Program-Revised (GKAP-R) during their kindergarten year as the school readiness assessment for first grade. Students entering kindergarten prior to March 1 shall be assessed with the entire GKAP-R. Students entering on or after March 1 shall be assessed with as much of the GKAP-R as the local school system determines is appropriate.

 

   (ii) The GKAP-R will be replaced by the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS).  Once GKIDS is implemented, GKAP-R shall cease to be administered.

 

   (iii) Only certified teachers of kindergarten and/or first grade students and who have been trained in the use of the GKAP-R, or GKIDS when implemented, shall administer the assessment.

 

   2. The local school system shall use information obtained from the administration of the GKAP-R or GKIDS, when implemented, to make placement decisions on an individual student basis. Documentation that supports an individual retention decision shall be on file in the student’s permanent record. The information obtained by the GKAP-R or GKIDS shall be used as part of the required written documentation. The student’s parent/guardian shall be notified of the final placement decision. The local school system shall provide alternative, developmentally appropriate instruction to students who spend a second year in kindergarten.

 

   (b) FIRST-GRADE ASSESSMENT. Local systems shall assess all first-grade students with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, and mathematics annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (c) Second-Grade Assessment. Local systems shall assess all second-grade students with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, and mathematics annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (d) THIRD-GRADE ASSESSMENTS. Local systems shall assess all third-grade students with the complete battery of the appropriate level of a state board-approved norm-referenced test, the Georgia-developed Grade 3 Writing Assessment, and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (e) FOURTH-GRADE ASSESSMENT. Local systems shall assess all fourth-grade students with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (f) FIFTH-GRADE ASSESSMENTS. Local systems shall assess all fifth-grade students with the complete battery of the appropriate level of a state board-approved norm-referenced test, the Georgia-developed Grade 5 Writing Assessment, and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (g) SIXTH-GRADE ASSESSMENT. Local systems shall assess all sixth-grade students with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (h) SEVENTH-GRADE ASSESSMENT. Local systems shall assess all seventh-grade students with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (i) EIGHTH-GRADE ASSESSMENTS. Local systems shall assess all eighth-grade students with the complete battery of the appropriate level of a state board-approved norm-referenced test, the Georgia-developed Grade 8 Writing Assessment, and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in reading, English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies annually according to a schedule established by the State Board of Education.

 

   (j) HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION ASSESSMENTS.

 

   1. The local school system shall assess all students who entered ninth grade prior to July 1, 1991 with the Basic Skills Tests (BST) and all students who entered ninth grade after July 1, 1991, with the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) as one requirement for receiving a high school diploma. The Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) shall first be administered to students at the main administration in the fall of their eleventh-grade year and will measure their ability to communicate in a written format  The Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) shall first be administered to students at the main administration in the spring of their eleventh-grade year and shall measure English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies skills, as well as process and application skills as assessed in a range of academic content.

 

   2. The local system shall also assess the following students if they are enrolled in school or present themselves for testing.

 

   (i) All students who are enrolled for the third year in high school (grades 9-12), have accumulated at least nine units of credit (or 12 units of credit if the school is operating a block schedule), and either have not achieved passing scores on the graduation assessments or present themselves as first-time test takers at the main administrations only.

 

   (ii) Students transferring into a Georgia school system from private schools, home study programs, other states or countries who meet the criteria established in paragraph (2)(j).

 

   (iii) Students who have dropped out of school without having met all of the assessment and other graduation requirements and have returned without having been enrolled in any Georgia public school for one academic year or more. Such students shall meet the graduation assessment criteria for passing in effect for the class in which they re-enroll.

 

   (iv) Students who have dropped out of school having met all graduation assessment requirements in effect when they were last enrolled in a Georgia public school shall be eligible for exemption from the graduation assessment requirements in effect for the class in which they re-enroll.

 

   (v) Students who graduate with a special education diploma or exit school with a certificate and who have met all graduation requirements except passing the graduation assessments shall meet the passing criteria in effect at the time of their graduation or exit.  All students who entered ninth grade after July 1, 1991, are required to post passing scores on the GHSWT and on the English/language arts and mathematics portions of the GHSGT as one requirement to be eligible to receive a high school diploma.  Students who entered ninth grade after July 1, 1993, are also required to pass the social studies portion of the GHSGT as one requirement to be eligible to receive a high school diploma. Students who entered ninth grade after July 1, 1994, are also required to pass the science portion of the GHSGT as one requirement to be eligible to receive a high school diploma.

 

   3. There shall be no limit to the number of times a student may retake the graduation assessments until he or she meets the passing criteria.  Upon meeting these criteria, students who have met all other graduation requirements shall be eligible to receive a high school diploma.  Pre-registration is required for re-testers and for first-time test takers who are not currently enrolled in a Georgia high school.

 

   4.  School systems shall be responsible for notifying students and parents/guardians in writing of the assessment requirements for obtaining a high school diploma and for ensuring that no student is denied the opportunity to seek a diploma, in accordance with federal law (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title II of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973).

 

   5. The GHSGT shall continue in effect until all high school core subject end-of-course tests have been developed and implemented in accordance with State Board policy.

 

   (k) END OF COURSE TESTS (EOCT).  Local systems shall assess all students enrolled in core courses identified by the State Board of Education for end of course tests.

 

   (l) NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS (NAEP) REQUIREMENTS. Local school systems shall participate in the NAEP assessment programs.

 

(3) STUDENT ASSESSMENT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS.

 

   (a) STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES WHO RECEIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES DEFINED BY AN IEP OR SECTION 504 ACCOMMODATION PLAN.  Local systems shall ensure that all students with IEPs or Section 504 Accommodation Plans participate in the state and local assessment programs.  The IEP or Section 504 Accommodation Plans for these students shall identify the state-approved accommodations required to enable participation.

 

   1. Decisions related to the participation in and identification of any needed accommodations in administration shall be made by the IEP team in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) review or by the Section 504 Accommodation Plan committee in its meeting. 

 

   2. All students with disabilities shall be coded according to the primary disability for each assessment in which they participate.  Student participation in and performance on all assessments shall be accurately documented so that state and federal reporting guidelines can be met and so that performance outcome measures can be monitored for compliance.

 

   3. Accommodations must be provided for students with disabilities as identified in the IEP or Section 504 Individual Accommodation Plan.  Accommodation decisions made by the appropriate IEP or Section 504 IAP committee shall take into account the accommodations that are currently used in the instructional or classroom assessment process.  Additionally, these committees shall consider whether the accommodation is necessary for access to the assessment process, previous experience and usefulness with the recommended accommodation, and whether or not the recommended accommodation impacts the integrity of the assessment.  Students shall receive the accommodations they need in order to participate in the assessment, but should not be given more than is necessary to meaningfully participate.  The majority of students are expected to participate in the regular assessments with only a small percentage requiring a conditional/nonstandard administration.  Only state-approved accommodations may be included in an IEP or Section 504 IAP.

 

   4. Accommodations can result in administrations of the assessment that are either standard or conditional/nonstandard.  Standard administration refers to testing conditions in which the procedures and directions are administered exactly as described in the test administration manual and non-altering accommodations are used.  Nonstandard administration refers to testing conditions in which the procedures and directions are not administered exactly as described  Conditional administration refers to use of more expansive accommodations utilized to provide access for a small percentage of students with more severe disabilities who would not be able to access the assessment without such assistance.Assessments differ in what results in standard and conditional/nonstandard administrations.  Specific information concerning the standard or conditional/non-standard nature of an accommodation is published annually in the Student Assessment Handbook and in the respective testing administration materials that accompany each assessment (e.g., Examiner’s Manual and Directions for Administration).  NOTE: Only state-approved standard accommodations may be used on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests.  Should an individual student require a more expansive accommodation, approval must be granted by the Assessment and Accountability Division of the Georgia Department of Education before the accommodation may be used.  Conditional/non-standard administrations of the GHSGT or GHSWT do not satisfy the testing requirements for receiving a high school diploma.

 

   5. All students must be assessed annually using either the Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) or the state-mandated assessments listed in Paragraph (2) Georgia Student Assessment Program Requirements.

 

   6. When an IEP team determines that a student at any grade level is not able to participate in a standard or conditional/nonstandard administration of any local or state-mandated assessment, even with reasonable accommodations, the IEP team will document the reasons and make the necessary alternate assessment decisions for that student.  For the state-mandated assessments listed in Paragraph (2) Georgia Student Assessment Program Requirements, the alternate shall be the GAA.  A relatively small percentage of students is expected to participate in the Georgia Alternate Assessment.

 

   7. Students with significant cognitive disabilities participating in the GAA must be provided access to the state-adopted curriculum.  Educators may adjust the learning expectations for this group of unique students provided the instruction is based on and aligned to the grade-level curriculum standards.  Instruction may reflect pre-requisite skills but must be sufficiently challenging for the individual student.

 

   8. When students’ IEPs specify that they are pursuing a Special Education Diploma, they are not required to pass the graduation assessments, but any student has the right to participate in the graduation assessments and may not be prevented from so doing. Students enrolled in the eleventh grade for the first time shall participate in either a standard or conditional/nonstandard administration of the GHSGT and GHSWT, or the GAA.  

 

  9. Compliance standards, reporting and enforcement.  All students are expected to participate in all state-mandated assessments: most students are expected to participate in standard administrations, with a small percentage in conditional/nonstandard administrations of state assessments and a small percent in the GAA. 

 

   (a) Student participation in and performance on all state-mandated assessments, including the GAA shall be accurately documented so that state and federal reporting guidelines can be met and so that performance outcome measures can be monitored for compliance.

 

   (b) All students with disabilities shall be included in the accountability reporting process. 

 

   (i) All participation data and results data shall be available to the Office of Student Achievement (OSA) for the process of evaluating and rating school systems.

 

   (ii) The results of the GAA shall be included as part of the state accountability system and system report cards.

 

   (iii) The results of FY01 state-mandated assessments shall be used by DOE to set benchmarks for participation rates in each assessment, standard, conditional/ nonstandard and the GAA.  The benchmarks shall be reviewed and revised at least every two years.

 

   (iv) The DOE shall automatically monitor/investigate any local system not meeting assessment participation rate requirements.  All remaining local school systems will be monitored on a rotational basis as a part of the regular scheduled monitoring process.  Failure to meet those requirements may result in sanctions ranging from imposition of corrective action plans to withholding of funds.

 

   (v) DOE will review results of all administrations and explore additional reporting formats to create meaningful and useful information from the results of standard and conditional/nonstandard administrations and the GAA.

 

   (b) Limited English Proficient Students

 

   (1)  Students who have been defined as English Language Learner (ELL) shall participate in all assessment programs.  These students shall be coded ELL on each test answer document.  If a student has exited the ESOL program or an alternative language assistance program in the past two years, the student shall be coded ELL-M on each test answer document A student who has been exited for more than two years from the ESOL program shall not be coded as ELL or ELL-M on test answer documents.

 

   (2)  In certain situations, individual needs of ELL and ELL-M students may warrant accommodations.   These accommodations shall be determined by a documented meeting of the ELL Testing Participation Committee. Those students identified as ELL-M may receive, based on individual need, standard state-approved accommodations for a maximum of two years after exiting ESOL or an alternative language assistance program.  At the end of the two-year monitoring period, students who had been ELL-M will be reclassified to participate in regular assessment with no accommodations. Testing accommodations shall be made only when appropriate documentation is on file for each eligible student.  Administration of the assessments and use of test administration accommodations shall be according to established guidelines and procedures in the test administration manual(s), Examiner’s Manual and the Student Assessment Handbook.  Accommodation decisions made shall take into account the accommodations that are currently used in the instructional or classroom assessment process.  Additionally the ELL Testing Participation Committee shall consider experience with the accommodation and whether or not the recommended accommodation impacts the integrity of the assessment.   

    

   (3)  The ELL Testing Participation Committee shall be composed of a minimum of three members, one of whom is a certified educator.  The ELL/ ESOL teacher/ paraprofessional/ aide currently serving the student with English language assistance is required to be a member of the committee.  The remaining members shall be chosen from the following:  regular language arts, reading or English teacher; student’s parent or legal guardian or the student, if 18 years or older; school administrator; other content area teachers; counselor; school psychologist; and lead teacher. Documentation of each ELL Testing Participation Committee shall be placed in the student’s permanent record.  These documents shall contain the following information: names of participants; date(s) of meeting(s); date of entry into U.S. schools; test scores proving eligibility for ESOL services; the dates of administration and the name of the tests to be administered; alternatives considered (i.e., regular administration, accommodations); final action including specific accommodations for each test/subtest consistent with current instructional accommodations; signatures of committee members, school administrator and, parent, legal guardian or student if 18 years or older.  The list of tests to be administered must include all state assessments that are mandated for the student’s grade level.  In addition to these state assessments, students who are required to participate in language proficiency tests under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, must participate in the language proficiency test prescribed by the state.

 

   (4)  ELL students enrolling for the first time in a U.S. school may receive a one-time deferment from a content area assessment, other than mathematics or science, if their proficiency in English indicates that testing is not in the best educational interest of the student.  This one-time deferment may occur during the first twelve months of enrollment in a U.S. school.  This deferment requires a documented meeting of the ELL Test Participation Committee. Any ELL student receiving a deferment shall participate in the state adopted language proficiency assessment.  No student may be deferred from any mathematics or science content area assessments, nor may any student be deferred from the End of Course Tests regardless of the length of time in a US school.

 

(4) TESTING REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES. Local school systems shall adhere to all written regulations and procedures relating to testing and test administration, including the distribution and collection of test materials, test security, use of test results and official testing dates established in the Student Assessment Handbook, System Coordinator’s Manual, School Test Coordinator’s Manual, test administration manual(s), Examiner’s Manual, and assessment supplements and correspondence.

 

   (a) Assessment guidelines shall be reviewed annually.

 

   (b) The local system shall ensure that individual student assessment scores become a part of students’ records as soon as possible after testing and that records follow students to their new schools when requested as specified in Rule 160-5-1-.14 Transfer of Student Records.

 

   (c) Scores for an individual student shall be made available only to said student, to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of said student, and to appropriate local, state, and federal governmental agencies as provided by state and federal law.

 

   (d)  Local school systems shall provide individual student score reports for all state-mandated assessments to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in a timely manner.

 

   (e) Procedures shall be followed in compliance with O.C.G.A. § 19-7-5, Reporting of Child Abuse, and O.C.G.A. § 16-10-50, Hindering Apprehension and Punishment of a Criminal, for reporting individual writing assessments which fall under the designated situations.

 

   (f) All assessments shall be administered by Georgia-certified educators.

 

   (g) Local systems shall train and orient any persons involved directly or indirectly in the assessment process and procedures required for appropriate and secure administration of all state-mandated assessments.

 

   (h) Allegations of failure to follow procedures required for appropriate and secure administration of state-mandated assessments shall be reported to the Georgia Department of Education and the Ethics Division of the Professional Standards Commission. 

 

   (i) All students shall be assessed in English.

 

   (j) The Georgia Department of Education shall provide pre-printed student labels for all mandated tests listed in Paragraph (2) Georgia Student Assessment Program Requirements, and local systems must use these labels as directed in the Student Assessment Handbook and in the Examiner’s Manuals for the various tests.

 

   (k) In accordance with applicable state promotion and retention policies and laws, students who do not participate in state mandated tests shall not be promoted to the next grade. For ELL students enrolled in their first year in a U. S. school and for whom participation in reading and/or language arts assessments is deferred, placement decisions shall be made on a student-by student basis by the ELL Testing Participation Committee and be consistent with local school board policy.

 

   (l) In cases where promotion and retention specifies the administration of an alternate test as a requirement for promotion to the next grade level in grades three, five, and eight, such assessment shall be an alternate version of the CRCT.

 

(5) STAFF DEVELOPMENT.

 

   (a) Teachers in grades one through 12 shall be offered the opportunity to participate annually in a staff development program on the use of tests within the instructional program designed to improve students’ academic achievement. This program shall instruct teachers in the effective utilization of test results and other appropriate applications as determined by the State Board of Education, and may be provided by either the Georgia Department of Education or the local unit of administration.

 

Georgia Department Of Education
Adopted Date:  4/13/2011
Effective Date:  5/3/2011

NOTE: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
Policy Code Description
II Testing Programs
Georgia Code Description
O.C.G.A § 19-07-0005 Reporting child abuse
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0131 Objectives and purposes of QBE program
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0140 SBOE to establish competencies and uniformly sequenced core curriculum
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0142 Prescribed courses; development/dissemination of instructional materials on effects of alcohol
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0150 Eligibility for enrollment
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0151 General and career education programs
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0154 Remedial education program
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0240 Powers and dutes of SBOE
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0242 Local school systems; LUA's; local governing bodies
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0281 Assessment of effectiveness of educational programs
O.C.G.A § 20-02-0282 Georgia Academic Placement and Promotion Policy
O.C.G.A § 50-18-0070 Inspection of public records
These references are not intended to be part of the rule itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this rule. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the rule.