Assessment Programs

Grades K–8

Alt ACCESS and ACCESS-Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State Alternate ACCESS and ACCESS is administered annually to all English language learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion-referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. (State-mandated; AYP)



CRCT -Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests is given in grades 3 through 8 in Reading, English Language Arts, and Math. It also includes science and social studies in grades three through eight. Passing Reading, English Language Arts, and Math is required for promotion in grades 3, 5, and 8. The content of the CRCT is based on the state curriculum known as the Georgia Performance Standards. (State-mandate; AYP)



CRCT-M -Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests - Modified is an alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards. The CRCT-M are designed for special education students who meet specific eligibility criteria and measure how well students have acquired the skills and knowledge in the state-adopted curriculum in the subject areas of reading, English/language arts, and mathematics in grades 3 – 8. The assessments yield information on the academic achievement at the student, school, system, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to the instruction of the state adopted curriculum, and to gauge the quality of education throughout Georgia.



GAA -Georgia Alternate Assessment is based on the Individual Education Plan for students with disabilities who do not participate in the other state-mandated assessments. (State-mandated; AYP)



GKIDS -Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills is a year-long, performance-based assessment for kindergarten students and is used as a guide for the placement and instruction of first grade students. (State-mandated)



NAEP -National Assessment of Educational Progress is an ongoing effort to obtain comprehensive and dependable achievement data on a national basis in a uniform and scientific manner. It is a nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. As required by federal law, schools are chosen randomly from across the United States for students in grades 4, 8, and 12 participate in this assessment. (State-mandated)



Grade 3 Writing Assessment -The Grade 3 Writing Assessment is a performance-based writing assessment is administered to students in grade 3. (State-mandated)



Grade 5 Writing Assessment -The Grade 5 Writing Assessment is a performance-based writing assessment is administered to students in grade 5. (State-mandated)



Grade 8 Writing Assessment -The Grade 8 Writing Assessment is a performance-based writing assessment is administered to students in grade 8. (State-mandated)



OAS -Online Assessment System (formerly known as the CRCT Online System) enables students in Georgia's public schools to access tests that consist of the same kinds of questions as appear on two of Georgia's end-of-year assessments, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), the End of Course Tests (EOCT), the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), and the Georgia Writing tests. The Online Assessment System (OAS) is available throughout the school year so that teachers can integrate testing on CRCT, EOCT and GHSGT subjects with their teaching of those subjects.



AIMS Web -AIMSweb is a web-based assessment, data management, and reporting system that provides the framework for Response to Intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered instruction. Designed specifically to universally screen and progress monitor, AIMSweb uses brief, valid, and reliable General Outcome Measures of reading and math performance for Grades K-8 that can be used with any curriculum.



Read 180 -is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4–12+. Designed for any student reading two or more years below grade-level, READ 180 leverages adaptive technology to individualize instruction for students and provide powerful data for differentiation to teachers.



Success Maker - is educational software that differentiates and personalizes K-8 reading and math instruction better than any other program on the market. SuccessMaker provides instruction, practice and assessment that is well-correlated to Common Core Standards for both mathematics and language arts at all grade levels of the program.



V-MathVoyager Math is a web-based online math solution that creates a stimulating learning environment for students in grades 2-8 in a fun origami theme. Students using VmathLive will gain greater confidence in their math abilities and continuously improve their results as they participate in activities that scaffold instruction, and compete with other students throughout the country in live competition of mental math skills. Students can complete a whole year of common core-aligned math instruction in just 100 minutes of practice per week for 24 weeks.



ITBS -Iowa Tests of Basic Skills is administered to students in grades 3, 5, and 8 during the month of October.  Unlike Georgia’s Criterion-referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), the ITBS is nationally normed and administered throughout the country.  It includes separate assessments in the areas of reading, language, mathematics, social studies, science, and sources of information.  The test also provides an overall measure of achievement referred to as the composite score. 

(CogAT®) The Cognitive Abilities Test  is a norm-referenced test given in grades 2 and 6 to aid in the identification of students who qualify for Gifted Services. (District Requirement)



SAT 10 - Stanford Achievement Test Series, Tenth Edition is a norm-referenced test, which means a student's performance is compared with that of a group of similar students who have taken the same test across the nation. Student scores are reported in relation to the scores of this "norm" group. A score in the 87th percentile, for example, means the test taker scored better than 87 out of every 100 students in the norm group. Statistically, the majority of students nationwide will be in the 50th-percentile range.  Stanford 10 data is used to identify students for special programs throughout the district and to help teachers know more about student skills in specific areas like fractions, decimals, vocabulary, and comprehension.
The Stanford 10 is a nationally normed test which gives us information on how BCSD students compare to other students across the country. The average score on the Stanford 10, regardless of grade level or content area, is the 50th percentile. This score means that in a random sample of 100 students in the norming group, we would expect approximately 49 to score lower than 50 and 50 to score higher. Stanford results are reported in percentile rankings, not in percentage of answers correct.
Total Reading and Total Math scores are shown, as well as subtests like reading vocabulary or reading comprehension. Not all grade levels have subtests for each content area. A Partial Battery score is based on the combined scores for Total Reading and Total Math. We do not give the entire Stanford 10 which includes social studies and science tests; therefore, we get a Partial Battery score.


NNAT 2 - Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, Second Edition (NNAT2) uses progressive matrices to allow for a culturally neutral evaluation of students’ nonverbal reasoning and general problem-solving ability, regardless of the individual student’s primary language, education, culture or socioeconomic background.



SESATStanford Early School Achievement Test  assess what students should be learning in the “K- through 1st grade level. SESAT includes "basic arithmetic, reading comprehension, and spelling." The standardized test includes multiple choice answers and requires good listening skills.


See State Rule on Assessment


Lexile Framework for Reading and Common Core Standards