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2020-2021 Georgia Milestones Information

What is "Georgia Milestones" all about?

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school.  Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. 

Georgia Milestones End of Grade Study/Resource Guides

Features of the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:

  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level and course within the language arts assessment;
  • norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
  • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-pencil as back-up until the transition is complete.


Students can practice online.

Third Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Fourth Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Fifth Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents


For an explanation of constructed / extended responses on the tests, click here.

Questions and Answers about Georgia Milestones

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What is the purpose of Georgia Milestones?

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  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 endeavor (college or career).  Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system.  Parents, the public, and policy makers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia.  As such, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability system – the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).  

              ~~~information quoted from Department of Education website


When will  students take the Milestones?

Current Glynn County schedule for elementary testing is during the window of .

What subject matter  is tested on the Milestones in grades 3, 4, and 5?

3rd Grade - English Language Arts and Math

4th Grade - English Language Arts and Math

5th Grade - English Language Arts, Math, and Science

How can students (and families) prepare? Here are SEVEN WAYS!

  1. First and foremost, students can prepare by attending school each day and working to master and exceed the Georgia Performance Standards.
  2. Students who spend plenty of leisure time reading enjoyable materials (year-round - including the summer) position themselves favorably to perform well, because reading builds effective thinkers. The Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics tests all exercise the ability to critically read grade level text.
  3. Also, we ask parents to remember that your children are never too old to listen when adults read aloud to them. As students reach upper elementary grades, read longer novels aloud together.
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  4.  The state of Georgia provides another online tool, formerly known as the the Online Assessment System - OAS -which supplies students with sample test questions (not instruction). New links under a new name will be available soon.
  5. Official study guides, prepared by the state, are now available for 2015-16. Use the links below to access them--they are extremely helpful for all subject areas!

Third Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Fourth Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

Fifth Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents

What else can we do at home to prepare our students for success?
  1. a) Make sure your child attends school regularly. Remember that tests reflect the overall achievement of your child. Time spent in learning situations increases the likelihood that he/she will do well on tests.

    b) Give your child encouragement. Praise him/her for the things done well throughout the year. A child who is afraid of failing is more likely to make a mistake.

    c) See that your child has a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.

    d) See that your child completes homework assignments. Homework supports classroom instruction and can help your child increase his/her comprehension of the classroom work.

    e) Meet with your child's teacher(s) as often as possible to discuss your child's progress.

    f) Parents and teachers should work together to benefit the child.

    g) Ask the teacher(s) to suggest activities for you to do at home with your child. Such activities can help your child improve his/her understanding of schoolwork.

    h) Make sure your child is well rested on school days. Children who are tired are less likely to pay attention in class or to handle the demands of class work and tests.

    i) Try not to be overly anxious about test scores. Too much emphasis on test scores can be upsetting to children.

    j) Find out which tests your child will take and for what purposes. The school principal or counselor should provide you with a schedule of testing for the year and explain the use of the tests.

    k) Make sure your child arrives on time for school.

    l) If your child wears an assistive device, such as a hearing aid and/or glasses, be sure he/she remembers to bring it and wear it during all testing sessions.  (quoted from Test-taking tips for Parents/Guardians Chapel Hill Elementary School, Decatur, Georgia):
Testing Schedule Third Grade
GMEOG ELA    Day 1  May 10, 2021
GMEOG ELA    Day 2  May 11, 2021
GMEOG Math  Day 3  May 17, 2021
Testing Schedule Fourth Grade
GMEOG ELA     Day 1  May 6, 2021
GMEOG ELA     Day 2  May 7, 2021
GMEOG Math   Day 3  May 13, 2021
Testing Schedule Fifth Grade
GMEOG ELA         Day 1  May 4, 2021
GMEOG ELA         Day 2  May 5, 2021
GMEOG Math       Day 3  May 18, 2021
GMEOG Science  Day 4  May 19, 2021