What are Mastery Assessments?

Our Mastery Assessments are available in Grade 3 English Language Arts / Reading Comprehension and Grade 5 Mathematics.

Mastery Assessments feature items with a range of Depth of Knowledge (DOK) levels 1, 2, and 3. All of the items in the Mastery Assessments are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). Mastery Assessments have three performance levels: Approaching ExpectationsMeets Expectations, or Beyond Expectations. The three levels of performance describe the knowledge and skills that students performing at any given level achieve (performance expectations) as specified in the GSE.

This assessment is available online through our assessment and instruction platform, District and School Connect. Detailed results and reports on student performance are available to teachers, schools, and the district immediately after a student completes the assessment.

Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading Comprehension Mastery Assessments

Grade 5 Mathematics Mastery Assessments

The Grade 3 English Language Arts/Reading Comprehension Mastery Assessment 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.

The Grade 5 Mathematics Mastery Assessment 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.

Background

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 offered new opportunities to improve student learning and achievement. To support our teacher and administrator colleagues in Georgia, we developed Mastery Assessments, with the input of Georgia educators, as our solution for Georgia schools and districts.

How were Mastery Assessments developed?

The Georgia Center for Assessment brought together a representative sample of Georgia elementary teachers and partnered with them to identify specific Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) that are the most critical for a student to master in order to be successful in the next grade. Our Mastery Assessments are built on those key Georgia Standards of Excellence.

How would I use Mastery Assessments with my students?

Mastery assessments can be useful tools for teachers to assess the level of mastery of their students, at different times of the year.

Mastery assessments can be used near the end of the school year to assess how prepared students are for the next grade. While end of the year, state summative scores may not be reported before the end of the year, results on the Mastery Assessments can provide instant valuable instructional information and allow for additional teaching and learning opportunities in areas of challenge for students.

Mastery assessments can also serve as an effective pre-test to benchmark where students are at the beginning of the school year. Students often do not retain information or need to sharpen skills they may have lost over the summer. The Mastery Assessments can identify opportunities where incoming students may require specific instruction to improve or enhance their understanding and mastery of key standards. With these assessments teachers can identify those areas early and provide additional support.

How do I Order Mastery Assessments?

Use our online form to order Mastery Assessments. This versatile form lets you customize your order to your classroom, school, or district needs. With this form you can select which content area, grade level, the exact quantity, and custom administration windows for each assessment.

·       Please allow ten business days from the time you place your order to the date you plan to begin administration.

·       The amount due for your order is calculated based on the actual number of students you test. An invoice with payment instructions will be sent after administration is completed.

Mastery Assessment Pricing

Prices effective April 1, 2019