English Language Arts Assesslets

 

These assessments support the new expectations of the Georgia curriculum. The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing – a basic form of argument – extending down to the earliest grades. The Assesslets communicate expectations to educators about what students should know by the time they leave high school. Students will be able to demonstrate that they are academically prepared for the demands of college and career-level communication.

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Mathematics Assesslets

 

The Georgia Center for Assessment currently offers Mathematics Assesslets in grades 3 through high school. Assesslets help teachers quickly and efficiently measure students’ understanding of key concepts and skills in the Georgia curriculum. Assesslets are formative assessments that support instructional practices and provide information on student performance within content standards and clusters of the Georgia curriculum. Educators have the flexibility to administer Assesslets while they provide instruction within a standard or cluster. The data from Assesslets are returned quickly to assist teachers in enhancing instruction and increasing student learning.

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Professional Development

 

GCA offers 3-hour professional development workshops tailored to each school’s objectives. Popular topics include developing text-based literacy activities and rubrics aligned to the Georgia curriculum, and focusing on instructional strategies designed to promote student success on these activities. The workshops are geared to specific grade levels (K-12) and content areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.).

Schools that take advantage of GCA’s ELA Assesslets may schedule a follow-up professional development session. During the session, a GCA consultant will discuss the scores associated with student responses.

Further, GCA offers a wide range of professional development in the areas of data analysis and assessment development.

Please contact Kevin Raczynski for more information on any of our professional development opportunities.

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Assessment Audit

 

The Assessment Audit offers tools and resources to help you determine whether your assessment system is in balance – that is, does it include policies and practices that will meet the assessment needs of all learners? Is it aligned to instruction to promote and to report student learning and achievement? Does it represent the rigor in the curriculum? Does it support critical thinking skills?  Is it accessible to all students?  Are the assessment and the results produced reliable?  Do the results facilitate valid inference?

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Psychometric Consulting Services

 

The Georgia Center for Assessment has a long-standing history offering applied psychometric services to its customers. GCA’s psychometric contracts range from classical item analyses, DIF studies, calibration, scaling, technical advisement, and standard setting support to the development of technical manuals and executive briefs. GCA is now expanding our psychometric services to assist organizations across the U.S. GCA support may be secured through either a short or long-term consulting agreement.

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