Milestones glitch results in delays for some final grades

About 3,000 Gwinnett County middle and high school students will not know their final grades in some courses until at least next week because of delays getting results from the state Department of Education’s Georgia Milestones End of Course test scores.

State School Superintendent Richard Woods contacted the superintendents in each of Georgia’s school districts Friday afternoon updating them about the problem. Those state exam scores under law must count for at least 20 percent of a student’s grade in the course.

“Like schools and parents, we are greatly disappointed, as we planned and worked with our testing contractor to deliver a two-week turnaround,” Woods wrote. “That obviously did not happen for many districts, so we will be conducting a thorough review as soon as possible to address these issues and streamline the process.”

Gwinnett school district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said they have results for high school seniors, so it will not impact students who are graduating.

Gwinnett, Georgia’s largest school district with about 176,000 students, is sending letters to parents explaining the situation. For now, those students will get a “NT” in the class grades in the parent portal. Final grades will be added once Gwinnett received the End of Course results. If a student’s final grade for the class is below 70, the school will contact the student’s family regarding summer school options.

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