Newton County School System (NCSS) has a comprehensive student assessment program consisting of instruments, procedures and policies necessary to implement various instructional initiatives guided by the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards and Georgia Performance Standards. All students in kindergarten through twelve grades are required to participate in the Georgia state-mandated assessments. Georgia State Board Rule 160-3-1-.07 requires that each local school system assess all students using the state board designated assessment instruments.
All tests are administered by Georgia certified educators after thoroughly being trained. The test examiners are held to high moral and ethical behavior while administering each test. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) has guidelines in place to help govern the administration of all tests. Standard 11 specifically governs all testing activities. Please click on the links below to view in detail Standard 11 as well as sanctions for unethical behavior.
GA and NCSS Responsibilities, Roles and possible Sanctions
Code of Ethics including Standard 11
· Implements and Administers the district’s assessment program
· Provides support to all schools in the NCSS regarding Georgia State Board of Education rule 160-4-2-.11 for promotion and retention of Grade 3,5, and 8 students.
· Facilitates district accreditation with AdvancED’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
· Delivers training/guidance related to the assessment program, assessment data, and accountability mandates to all stakeholders
· Implements the processes required for students and former students relative to waivers/variances of the high school graduation assessment pursuant to the Georgia State Board of Education rule 160-1-3-.09
· Facilitates compliance with the College and Career Ready Performance Index ( CCRPI)
· Interacts with state and federal agencies relative to the assessment program and accountability mandates
· Serves as lead investigative agency for testing irregularities, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement annual CRCT Erasure Analysis, and any other issue associated with breaches in testing security
· Handles assessment documents and reports including secure test materials, individual student score reports, and school/district data reports in both paper and electronic formats, including district, state, and national standardized assessments
The state of Georgia requires the assessment of all students enrolled in its K-12 public schools. The Mission of Georgia’s assessment program is to measure student achievement relative to the state mandated curriculum, to provide teachers with diagnostic information, identify students failing to achieve mastery of content, and to assist school systems in identifying strengths and weaknesses when planning educational programs. Educators gain valuable data for planning and parents can benchmark the academic growth of their child. Assessments also provide valuable information regarding the progress of schools and the students.
In order to maintain the integrity of the assessment program and its results, security must be established and maintained. The responsibility for the assessment program at the school level rests with the principal and their designated school testing coordinator.
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Students who entered 9th grade in 2011 – 2012 and after will not be required to take the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. However, all students are still required to take and pass the Georgia High School Writing Test. Students with disabilities, students meeting 504 requirements and English Learners may receive appropriate accommodations based on their needs as specified in their Individualized Education Program (IEP), Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP), or Testing Participation Committee (TPC) respectively. Students with disabilities unable to participate in the state testing program, are assessed with the Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA).
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Dr. Carl Skinner
Director of Testing, Research, and Evaluation
(770)-787-1330 ext. 1216
Ms. Shelley Thompson
(770)-787-1330 ext. 1212