Teresa Dearman and Martha Wilson

Teresa Dearman and Martha Wilson

Every school year, Jackson County School System students are tested on a variety of state-mandated assessments.

These include EOG (End of Grade) for students in grades 3 through 8, EOC (End of Course) for students in grades 9 through 12, GAA (Georgia Alternate Assessment), GKIDS (Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills) and ACCESS for EL students.

Some students may also participate in the AP (Advanced Placement),  SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test),  ACT (American College Testing) or NAEP (National Association of Educational Progress) assessments.

Martha Wilson and Teresa Dearman are the two central office staff members most closely involved with coordinating these assessments.

Georgia Milestones Assessment System

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System measures how well students in grades 3 through 12 have learned the material and acquired the skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in English language arts and mathematics, while students in grades 5 and 8 also are assessed in science and social studies.

High school students take an end-of-course assessment for each of the 10 courses designated by the State Board of Education.

  • Click here for End of Grade (EOG) Study Guides for Grades 3-8.
  • Click here for End of Course (EOC) Study Guides for Grades 9-12.
  • Click here for additional information regarding the Georgia Milestones Assessment System.



Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) is administered, annually, to all English learners in Georgia. ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS for ELLs meets the federal requirements that mandates require states to evaluate EL students in grades K through 12 on their progress in learning to speak English.  Click here for additional information regarding the ACCESS assessment.

Georgia Alternative Assessment

The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) is a key component of the Georgia Student Assessment Program. An essential tenet of both the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is the fact that states must ensure that all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, have access to a general curriculum that encompasses challenging academic standards.  For additional information and resources regarding the GAA please click here.

Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) is a year-long, performance-based assessment aligned to the state mandated content standards. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade. GKIDS will allow teachers to assess student performance during instruction, record student performance in an on-line database, and generate reports for instructional planning, progress reports, report cards, SST, and/or parent conferences.  Click here for additional information regarding GKIDS.


Additional Testing Information and Resources


The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, a nonprofit of the same name.  Click here for more information regarding the ACT.

Advanced Placement & AP Testing

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada created by the College Board which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. American colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations.

Click here for additional information regarding the Advanced Placement Program and AP Testing.


Created by the College Board, the SAT is one form of entrance exam used by many colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. Click here for additional information from the College Board SATwebsite.

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More information


The videos below about Georgia Milestones assessments come from the Georgia Department of Education. The first is a 3-minute overview; the second is a 17-minute presentation with greater detail for Jackson County parents.