Cumulative Science Assesslets are designed to provide a comprehensive view of student learning.

Cumulative Assesslets are aligned and assess a representation of the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). These cumulative forms can help teachers to gather strong evidence on student learning toward the overall end-of-year expectations at each grade level. That is, teachers can identify a wider range of knowledge, skills, and concepts that students have not mastered so adjustments can be made to instructional practices and strategies. Cumulative Assesslets are not intended to predict performance on high stakes, summative assessments but do provide information on how well students understand concepts and are able to demonstrate knowledge and skills.

Because more content is assessed, Cumulative Assesslets contain 20 or 25 items for grades 1-2 and grades 3 through HS, respectively. Cumulative Assesslets are designed to require extended reasoning and critical thinking beyond basic recall.

Assesslet Samples

Items on Assesslets can either be selected-response (SR), constructed-response (CR), or extended-response (ER). For each item type, there are sample items for grades 1-2, grades 3-5, and middle/high school.

Selected-Response (SR)

A selected-response item, sometimes called a multiple-choice item, is defined as a question followed by several answer choices. The incorrect choices, called distractors, usually reflect common errors. The student’s task is to choose the best answer to the question. The selected-response items for grades 1 and 2 have three answer choices and four answer choices for grades 3-HS.

Constructed-Response (CR)

A constructed-response item asks the student to provide a response that he or she constructs on his or her own, rather than selecting from choices provided. Constructed-response items are worth 2 points. Partial credit may be awarded if part of the response is correct.

Extended Response (ER)

An extended-response item is a specific type of constructed-response item that requires a longer, more detailed response from the student. Extended-response items are worth four points. Partial credit may be awarded if part of the response is correct.

For more details about each Assesslet, including the standards assessed and the rigor of each item, check out Assesslet Blueprints below.

Assesslet Blueprints

Assesslet blueprints outline the concepts and skills measured on an assessment. For GCA’s Assesslets, blueprints include standards assessed, item type, and depth of knowledge (DOK) for each item.

How do I find additional information regarding the Assesslets?

Visit our Assesslets page to learn more: