The Georgia Center for Assessment is proud to offer an array of services designed to support instruction and student learning.
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. They 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.
For eleventh and twelfth grade students who take the state writing assessment during the 2014-15 school year, GCA will provide a practice writing assessment. This assessment covers the same genre and is scored using the same rubric as the state writing assessment for grade 11. This practice assessment may be administered any time during the 2014-15 school year.
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 participate in GCA’s ELA Assessments 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.
GCA offers support to school districts with the development of items and the scoring and reporting of your district’s SLOs. GCA Specialists are available to develop content-specific, grade-level assessment items that are measureable, focused on growth in student learning, and aligned to curriculum standards.
In addition, GCA can assist school districts with the scoring of multiple choice and/or constructed response and performance-based assessment items. The reporting of data can be customized for your specific needs.
Supporting schools with the SLO process allows your teachers to focus on instruction and provides information on the instructional impact on student learning.
The Georgia Center for Assessment currently offers mathematics Assesslets in grade 3-8 and is developing Assesslets for 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.