Every school year, Cobb County students are tested on a variety of state and system-wide assessments. Most assessment programs, such as the
CRCT and the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT), are mandated by Georgia state law. Some assessments, such as the Iowa
Assessments (Iowa), are mandated by the Cobb County Board of Education.
Click here to link to the Test Score Archive for previous years
2014-15 Testing Calendar
Click here to view the 2014-15 testing calendar
General Test Information
Students in kindergarten are assessed throughout the school year on GKIDS, the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills. GKIDS is
an ongoing, performance based assessment, designed to assist teachers in planning instruction throughout the school year, and to serve as one
measure of a student’s readiness for first grade. It provides ongoing diagnostic information about kindergarten students’ developing skills in
four academic areas; English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and in three non-Academic domains: Personal/Social Development,
Approaches to Learning, and Motor Skills. Individual Student Reports will be provided at the end of the school year, and will include English
Language Arts, Math, Approaches to Learning, and Personal/Social Development.
GKIDS State Brochure
Students are assessed in the fall on the Iowa Assessments (Iowa). This is a norm-referenced assessment that measures student
achievement in comparison to other students nationwide. Students in grades 3, 5, and 7 are tested in Reading, Mathematics, Language Arts,
Science, and Social Studies.
Fall 2014 Iowa Parent Brochure
Students in grades 1, 3, and 7 are assessed in the fall on the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). This test measures student performance on
abilities related to success in school subjects.
The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is a comprehensive
assessment program spanning grades 3 through high school. It 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.
Students in grade 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade (EOG) assessment in
the content areas of languages arts, mathematics, science and social studies
High school students will take an end-of-course (EOC) assessment for each of
the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education:
- Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
- American Literature and Composition
- Coordinate Algebra
- Analytic Geometry
- Physical Science
- United States History
- Economics/Business/Free Enterprise
Middle school students who are enrolled in one or more of these courses
will also take the end-of-course assessment. The end-of-course
assessments are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of
the grade level. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, these
assessments will serve as the final exam for the course and will count as
20% of the student's final grade.
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 in eighth grade are tested in the fall on the ReadiStep
assessment. ReadiStep is published by College Board for middle school
students to measure the skills students need to be on track for success in
college and careers. It consists of three multiple choice tests in the
areas of Critical Reading, Mathematics and Writing Skills.
The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) is published by The College Board as a tenth or eleventh grade practice instrument for
students before taking the SAT in eleventh or twelfth grade. All tenth grade students take the PSAT in the fall.
SAT & ACT
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT) are offered by The College Board several times during the year.
These tests are not required by the state or school system, and are not administered by Cobb schools; however, most colleges and universities
use SAT and/or ACT scores in determining student admission. Most college-bound students take one or both of these tests during either
their junior or senior year. Both the SAT and ACT can be taken as many times as the student wants to.
GHSGT & GHSWT
Students who entered 9th grade prior to fall 2008 must pass the Georgia High School Graduation
Tests (GHSGT) and the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT).
Students who entered 9th grade from fall 2008 through June 2011 must demonstrate their proficiency in the four GHSGT content areas
by either passing each of the GHSGT content area tests or by passing one of the two equivalent End of Course Tests (EOCT) in each
corresponding content area. These students are also required to take and pass the GHSWT.
Students who entered 9th grade in 2011-2012 and beyond will not take the GHSGT. They are required to take and pass the GHSWT.
Most students take the GHSWT during the fall of their junior year, and the GHSGT during the spring of their junior year. The
GHSGT consists of tests in the areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Several retest opportunities are available
through the year for students who do not pass the GHSWT or one or more sections of the GHSGT.