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 Writing Assessments


The Grade 3, 5 and 8 Writing programs were retired after the 2014 administrations.  The Georgia Milestones Assessment System has replaced the Grade 3, 5 and 8 Writing beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.  For more information about the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, please click here.

Overview - Grades 3, 5, 8

Georgia’s performance-based writing assessments are administered to students in grades three, five, eight, and eleven. Student writing samples are evaluated on an analytic scoring system in all grades to provide diagnostic feedback to teachers, students, and parents about individual performance. The writing assessments provide information to students about their writing performance and areas of strength and challenge. This information is useful for instruction and preparation for future writing assessments.

 

Description

 

Georgia law (O.C.G.A., Section 20-2-281) requires that writing assessments be administered to students in grades three, five, eight, and eleven. The State Writing Assessment Core Development and Advisory Committees assisted the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) in developing the writing component of the student assessment program. The committees, comprised of educators with expertise in the instruction of writing skills and writing assessments, consist of eight committees—a Core Development and Advisory Committee for each grade level (3, 5, 8, and 11). The goal of the Writing Assessment Core Development and Advisory Committees and the GaDOE is to create developmentally appropriate assessment procedures to enhance statewide instruction in the language arts. Statewide writing assessments serve the purpose of improving writing and writing instruction.

The state mandated writing assessments are:

 

 Contact Information

 

Assessment Administration Division 
Phone: (404) 656-2668
Toll-Free Phone:  (800) 634-4106

Fax: (404) 656-5976

 

 

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