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March 24, 2016 Dear Parent(s):

Georgia law, as amended by the A+ Education Reform Act of 2000, requires that all students in Grades 3-8 take the Georgia Milestones: End of Grade (EOG) in the content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Georgia Milestones is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state adopted content standards. Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning—be it the next grade, the next course, or the next endeavor (college or career). For the 2016 administration, there are promotion requirements for Reading in grades 3, 5, and 8 and for Mathematics for grades 5 and 8. Students must receive satisfactory scores in these areas.

Georgia Milestones will be transitioned to online testing over time. Online is considered the primary mode of testing, with paper-and-pencil available as backup until the transition is complete. All eighth grade students will be tested online unless specifications are stated in an IEP, 504, or TPC plans. DeKalb Preparatory Academy will administer the Milestones/EOG test to all 5th grade students online.

Below is the schedule for the administration of the EOG in the DeKalb County School District. It is imperative that students attend school each day and arrive on time so they will not miss any sections of this important assessment.

April 19 ELA Sections 1 & 2 (Online and Paper Pencil)
April 20 ELA Sections 1 & 2 (Online Only and Paper Pencil Make-ups)
April 21 ELA Section 3 (Online and Paper Pencil)
April 22 ELA Section 3 (Online Only and Paper Pencil Make-ups)
April 25 Mathematics Sections 1 & 2 (Online and Paper Pencil)
April 26 Mathematics Sections 1 & 2 (Online Only and Paper Pencil Make-ups)
April 27 Make-Up Day
April 28 Science Section 1 & 2 (Online and Paper Pencil)
April 29 Science Section 1 & 2 (Online Only and Paper Pencil Make-ups)
May 2 Social Studies Section 1 & 2 (Online and Paper Pencil)
May 3 Social Studies Section 1 & 2 (Online Only and Paper Pencil Make-ups)
May 4 Make-up Day

You can help by taking the following steps:

  1. Limit evening activities prior to testing so that adequate time is provided for rest.
  2. Discuss the importance of testing with your son/daughter.
  3. Provide two #2 pencils daily.
  4. Provide a nutritious breakfast.
  5. Ensure your child is present and on time each morning. If possible, please avoid scheduling doctor/dentist appointments during the testing period.
  6. If an issue arises that may impact your child’s performance, please contact a school counselor.

If you have questions regarding any aspect of testing, please contact the school at (404) 937-2000. Respectfully,

Lorenzo Floyd M.Ed.
Middle School Principal/Testing Coordinator

 

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Georgia Milestones: Questions and Answers for Parents

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