The new federal permission means the high school End of Course tests, the End of Grade tests for younger students and a host of other tests will not have to be given.
“No state testing — including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, GAA 2.0, and GKIDS — will be administered in Georgia for the rest of the school year,” the state education department said.
It also means there will be no school report cards for this year, since test scores comprise the majority of the results. The report cards, known as the College and Career Ready Performance Index, typically come out in the fall.
This doesn’t mean students will not be tested. All the big metro Atlanta school districts do their own testing throughout the school year to gauge whether students are on track. Many if not all of the rest of the districts in the state already have, or will have, similar local measures in place by the fall so they can determine which students need help catching up after months of school closures.
“Not having the state test doesn’t mean students won’t be assessed,” said Jason Miller, the superintendent of the Lee County School System near Albany in southwest Georgia. “It just won’t be to the level that it normally would be.”