The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) just released the results of a new assessment called Georgia Milestones (”Milestones”). Given in spring of 2015, Georgia Milestones replaces the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) that students had been taking for more than a decade. The new Milestones test is considerably more rigorous, as the old CRCT “set some of the lowest expectations for student proficiency in the nation,” according to State Superintendent Richard Woods. Feel free to learn about the state’s new student assessment here. Like the CRCT, Milestones assesses content mastery across a number of subjects, including the key benchmarks of 3rd grade reading (English Language Arts) and 8th grade math.
So, naturally, we wanted to dissect the results as quickly as possible for the region’s school districts. And, naturally, with a new assessment comes new scoring categories. Instead of the old “meets”, “exceeds” or “does not meet” standards, the new Milestones has four levels of performance: Beginning Learner (which is considered “failing”),Developing Learner, Proficient Learner and Distinguished Learner. For this post, we will focus on only Proficient Learners and above, or the “Mean Scale Score,” which we will discuss later.
Results of Milestones by District