Burke County uses a comprehensive assessment system to monitor and evaluate student learning and to improve curriculum and instruction. Assessment data, along with other factors such as attendance and discipline are used by data teams, school improvement teams and administrators to plan school and system level improvements. Test data and other factors are also used by the state to determine whether the schools and system have met the Annual Yearly Progress goals (AYP).
Benchmark Tests: Benchmark tests are a formative test that can provide the ongoing information that schools need to monitor their students' progress toward state standards throughout the academic year, to guide instructional programs, and to address student-learning problems. In Burke County, these are give as an initial pre-test at the beginning of the school year and are broken into post tests every 9 weeks.
Summative Tests: Most high-stakes tests are "summative"--they attempt to sum up what's been learned, and then apply good or bad consequences based on that judgment. Examples are: CRCT, NAEP, ITBS, EOCT, GHSGT, GSHWT, Writing tests.
The Aimsweb assessments are given three times a year and are similar to the benchmark tests noted above in that they are used not only to inform instruction, but they can identify students who are lagging behind expectations. However, where Burke County Benchmark tests address the specific standards taught in specific grades and subject areas, Aimsweb assessments test basic skills such as reading fluency, comprehension, math fluency and sound knowledge fluency. These assessments are also used more frequently than 3 times a year to monitor the progress of students identified as "at-risk" and who are receiving interventions.
The Criterion Referenced Competency Tests-Modified are given to students who are in special education in place of the CRCT and who meet certain specific eligibility requirements for taking this test. The decision concerning who is eligible to take the CRCT-M rather than the CRCT is made at the student's Individual Education Plan team meeting. For further information about the CRCT-M, please contact your child's special education teacher.
Georgia Technology Literacy Assessment (21st Century Skills Assessment)
Georgia understands the impact computers and other technology have had on education, society and our everyday lives and sees that this impact will continue to affect our students in the future. Because of this, a technology literacy test is required of 8th grade students. This fledgling assessment is slated to grow in importance as the new College and Career Performance Indices are further developed and rolled out to systems. Currently, this assessment is not used in AYP or promotion criteria.
Students in third grade are assessed throughout the year on their writing skills. Teachers use a standard rubric or scoring guide to evaluate student-writing samples and determine the level of the student's writing in the spring.
For practice purposes, Burke County also administeres a "mock" writing test in grades 4, 7 and 11. It is scored by the Georgia Center for Accessment and scores are returned in the spring. These scores are then used to identify students who may need additional practice or instruction in writing prior to the state required writing tests.
Advanced Placement Tests (AP)
The AP tests are given in the spring at the conclusion of an advanced placement course. Students who show proficiency on this test may be awarded college credit for the course depending upon the college or university's course catelogue or policy. This will vary depending upon the institution. Burke County offers several AP courses including, but not limited to: US History, European History, 11th Grade Language Comprehension, 12th Grade Literature, Calculus AB, Advanced Math for Industrial Government and Chemistry. Other courses are available on-line through Georgia Virtual which is available as a class at BCHS. In addition, new courses are planned to be rolled out in the next year.
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the subject matter. Such examples would be
Logging on and off
Training calendar sign up
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