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A Georgia Game-Based Assessment Initiative

Welcome to Keenville on Planet Peachy Keen!  We’re glad you’re here to meet our friends, the Keens.  The Keens live in Keenville and want to help Georgia’s youngest learners – those in first and second grade – grow and learn important reading and math skills.  Keenville is an innovative, developmentally appropriate game-based approach to formative assessment.


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Building early literacy and numeracy skills is critical for students to fulfill their potential in future learning – leading to improved high school graduation rates, higher education opportunities, job prospects, and earning potential.  Recent legislation recognized the importance of these skills for Georgia’s first and second grade students. This legislation represents a challenge and an opportunity. 


Traditional tests are not developmentally appropriate for young learners, and too often capture only one moment in time. Game-based assessment provides an alternative that is research-based and adds value for students, educators and parents.


Game based assessments provide a unique opportunity to:

    • integrate learning alongside assessment;
    • support and empower the teacher with information to differentiate instruction for all students, whether they are struggling, on-grade-level, or advanced; and
    • hook students into the fun of learning!


 Meet the Keens!

In Keenville, Georgia students will explore and customize a highly-engaging world that presents real-life yet playful, age- and grade-appropriate problem sets and critical thinking tasks. The game uniquely integrates foundational literacy and math concepts in a fun, engaging, story-based educational experience. And best of all, it’s not a T-E-S-T! 


Student performance will be captured in a user-friendly, actionable dashboard that gives teachers the information they need to help understand where their students are in the learning continuum, where they need to go next, and what targeted support they need. ​ 

The goal is to truly integrate teaching and learning, shortening the time between gathering information about what the student has learned, is still learning, and instruction. Timely and actionable data has the ability to empower teachers to provide additional opportunities for their students to succeed and grow. Keenville has been designed by Georgia educators to measure the state’s adopted educational content standards and provide important skill-building activities – all in the form of a game.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 Contact Information

Keenville Functionality & Technical Support Contact

Tiffani Taylor
Assessment Specialist, K-5 Assessments
Phone: (470) 763-1081

Jan Blose, Ed.D.
Director of Assessment Development
Phone: (404) 275-5147

Allison Timberlake, Ph.D. 
Deputy Superintendent, Assessment and Accountability
Phone: (470) 579-3021