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Georgia Milestones: General Test Parameters 1. Georgia Milestones General Test Parameters ELA will consists of 3 sections, 1 of which will focus mainly.

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1 Georgia Milestones: General Test Parameters 1

2 Georgia Milestones General Test Parameters ELA will consists of 3 sections, 1 of which will focus mainly on writing Mathematics will consist of 2 sections Science will consist of 2 sections Social Studies will consist of 2 sections Each section will be approximately 70 minutes.

3 Georgia Milestones General Test Parameters: ELA Criterion-Referenced Total Number of Items: 44 / Total Number of Points: 55 Breakdown by Item Type: – 40 Selected Response (worth 1 point each; 10 of which are aligned NRT ) – 2 Constructed Response (2 points each) – 1 Constructed Response (worth 4 points ) – 1 Extended Response (worth 7 points) Norm-Referenced – Total Number of Items: 20 (10 of which contribute to CR score) Embedded Field Test – Total field test items: 6 Total number of items taken by each student: 60

4 Georgia Milestones Writing at Every Grade – All students will encounter a constructed-response item allowing for narrative prose, in response to text, within first or second section of the test. – Within the writing section of the test, students will read a pair of passages and complete a series of “warm-up” items: o 3 selected-response items asking about the salient features of each passage and comparing/contrasting between the two passages o 1 constructed-response item requiring linking the two passages o 1 writing prompt in which students must cite evidence to support their conclusions, claims, etc. Genres Writing prompts will be informative/explanatory or opinion/argumentative depending on the grade level. Students could encounter either genre. Warning: Students who simply rewrite excerpts from the passage(s) to illustrate their point(s) will not receive favorable scores.

5 Georgia Milestones General Test Parameters: Mathematics Criterion-Referenced Total Number of Items: 53 / Total Number of Points: 58 Breakdown by Item Type: – 50 Selected Response (worth 1 point each; 10 of which are aligned NRT) – 2 Constructed Response (worth 2 points each) – 1 Constructed Response (worth 4 points) Norm-Referenced – Total Number of Items: 20 (10 of which contribute to CR score) Embedded Field Test – Total field test items: 10 Total number of items taken by each student: 73

6 Georgia Milestones General Test Parameters: Science Criterion-Referenced Total Number of Items: 55 / Total Number of Points: 55 Breakdown by Item Type: – 55 Selected Response (worth 1 point each; approximately 10 of which are aligned NRT) Norm-Referenced – Total Number of Items: 20 (approximately 10 of which contribute to CR score) Embedded Field Test – Total field test items: 10 Total number of items taken by each student: 75

7 Georgia Milestones General Test Parameters: Social Studies Criterion-Referenced Total Number of Items: 55 / Total Number of Points: 55 Breakdown by Item Type: – 55 Selected Response (worth 1 point each; approximately 10 of which are aligned NRT) Norm-Referenced – Total Number of Items: 20 (approximately 10 of which contribute to CR score) Embedded Field Test – Total field test items: 10 Total number of items taken by each student: 75

8 Georgia Milestones: Rubrics Rubrics are item specific and therefore cannot be released. – Generally speaking, rubrics outline the expectations for the answer(s) along with sufficient justification/explanation Student cites evidence from the text to support answer in ELA Student explains reasoning or approach to problem solving in mathematics Student answers all portions of the item – Remember the OAS includes rubrics and student exemplars for all formative open-ended items. The extended-response analytic writing rubric will be released. Students will be scored on two features: – Idea Development, Organization, & Coherence – Language Usage & Conventions

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10 Transition to Georgia Milestones: Resources Available NOW Content standards – frameworks, formative lessons, PARCC evidence statements Sample items – formative items/benchmarks via Georgia OAS→GOFAR; – released items via PARCC, SBAC, other states (KY, NY), NAEP – parent’s guide to Georgia’s new assessment developed by the National PTA [ ] CRCT Readiness Indicators Lexiles (as one indicator of text complexity) Technology Specifications Eliciting Evidence of Student Learning Modules Focus on teaching and learning – eliciting evidence of student learning during instruction and adjusting as needed.

11 Lexiles Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8 Common Core Stretch Text – Lower Limit Common Core Stretch Text – Upper Limit On Track Commendable Meets Exceeds US Typical Reader – Lower Limit US Typical Reader – Upper Limit Georgia 2013 Median Lexiles with CRCT Readiness Indicators

12 Formative Assessment Initiatives Bringing a Balanced Assessment Focus to the Classroom Assessment Literacy Professional Learning Benchmark Assessments Formative Item Bank 1600 new items loaded 1140 science and social studies items will be loaded in fall 2014 Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) [ 7 foundational modules launched in summer 2013 ] 24 Benchmarks developed Additional 12 modules that expand upon the foundation Coming soon: items for grades 1 & 2 and additional writing prompts

13 Transition to Georgia Milestones: Resources Available Soon Sample items specific to Georgia Milestones Ancillary support resources, such as – Assessment Guides – Student Study Guides – Accommodations Guidelines – Informational videos [parents & public /educators] – Online Practice Center (to aid students in gaining familiarity for CTB’s online test administration system)


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