Testing for tykes: Georgia to unveil assessments for early grades

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Testing for tykes: Georgia to unveil assessments for early grades

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Georgia Superintendent Richard Woods talks about Keenville, a new test for younger students.

2016 law that added testing for some of Georgia’s youngest public school students will be implemented in the fall, state Superintendent Richard Woods said Friday.

The Georgia Department of Education has been working with a contractor to develop a “game-based assessment” for the first and second grades.

Officials prefer not to call it a “test,” and participation by school districts is voluntary. Unlike the Georgia Milestones, educators will not be held accountable for the results on the Keenville assessment. “I think we’ve reached the saturation point with that,” Woods said of standardized testing.

The idea behind the law was to give teachers an idea of which younger students are, or are not, on track. Though it’s voluntary, Woods said he expects most school districts will eventually adopt it.

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