In the spring of 2017 the Georgia Legislature passed a comprehensive assessment bill, Senate Bill 211, (SB 211) which was designed to address assessment standards from kindergarten through high school. SB211 provided significant opportunities for how local school districts assess student performance.
Specifically, this bill tasked districts with assessing mastery in third-grade reading and fifth-grade mathematics, to ensure students have mastered the skills necessary to be successful at the next grade level. Districts are given latitude in identifying their own solutions.
These changes offer new opportunities to improve student learning and achievement and the Georgia Center for Assessment (GCA) is here to help! To support our teacher and administrator colleagues in Georgia, we have developed Mastery Assesslets as our solution for Georgia schools and districts.
Our Mastery Assesslets were created with the input of Georgia educators and will be available to Georgia educators to use in fall of 2018.
What are Mastery Assesslets?
Our Mastery Assesslets are available in Grade 3 English Language Arts / Reading Comprehension and Grade 5 Mathematics.
Mastery Assesslets feature items with a range of Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels 1, 2, and 3. All the items in the Mastery Assesslets are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). Mastery Assesslets have three performance levels: Approaching Expectations, Meets Expectations, or Beyond Expectations. The three levels of performance demonstrate the level of proficiency in the knowledge and skills necessary at the grade level of learning, as specified in the GSE.
Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading Comprehension Mastery Assesslet
The Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading Comprehension Mastery Assesslet is a 30-item, all multiple-choice assessment, and contains paired passages – one informational and one literary on a related topic. This assessment can be a useful tool for both 3rd and 4th grade teachers for assessing the level of mastery of their students, at different times of the year.
Grade 5 Mathematics Mastery Assesslet
The Grade 5 Mathematics Mastery Assesslet is a 45-item, all multiple-choice assessment. This assessment can be a useful tool for both 5th and 6th grade teachers for assessing the level of mastery of their students, at the beginning and end of the school year.