Georgia Milestones Assessment System

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment program spanning elementary through high school. Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. 

Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include: 

  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and math;
  • 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
  • online administration is considered the primary mode of administration and paper-pencil as back-up.

Students enrolled in any of the eight core courses identified by the State Board of Education are required to participate in the Georgia Milestones EOC measure at the end of each course. The assessments align with the Georgia curriculum standards and include assessment of specific content knowledge and skills. These tests are administered upon the completion of courses and serve as a student's final exam counting 20% of the final course grade in the associated course. Students at the high school level will take an end-of-course assessment in the following eight courses:

   English Language Arts
 Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
 American Literature and Composition
   Mathematics
 Coordinate Algebra
 Analytic Geometry
   Social Studies
 United States History
 Economics/Business/Free Enterprise
   Science
 Biology
 Physical Science

Any student enrolled in and/or receiving credit for an EOC course, regardless of grade level, will be required to take the EOC upon completion of that course. Middle school students completing an EOC course must take the EOC regardless of whether they are receiving high school credit. Students enrolling from non-accredited programs are required to take and pass the EOC prior to receiving credit for the course.

Demonstrating Subject Area Competency (“TESTING-OUT”) - As provided for in amendments to State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.15 (AWARDING UNITS OF CREDIT AND ACCEPTANCE OF TRANSFER CREDIT AND/OR GRADES) adopted by the Board in April 2013, the opportunity exists for students to “test-out” of any course for which there is an associated EOC and earn credit for the course through that process. For more information regarding “testing-out” please contact the school counselor or system testing coordinator. Student eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction- and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/default.aspx under the section entitled Awarding Units of Credit and Acceptance of Transfer Credit and/or Grades.