Anybody besides DeKalb still waiting on Milestones test scores? DOE explains its process.

In response to my questions about the Georgia Milestones, the state Department of Education sent me a FAQ I am posting below.

Please note the state is now calling its grade 3 through 8 tests End of Grade or EOG; the high school exams are called End of Course or EOC. They all come under the general Georgia Milestones banner. (I am finding parents are confused about these new names.)

A DeKalb teacher sent me a note last night: “School ends tomorrow, our last day of work is Friday; still no 9th grade lit or American lit EOC scores that determine 20 percent of a student’s grade. Is this just in DeKalb or is this all around the state? Did the DOE and the scoring company determine a date by which the tests would be finished?”

From the DOE answers below, it would appear the agency did establish dates but clearly something went wrong that DeKalb is getting its scores this late in the game.

Here is what DOE sent to clarify the confusion:

I heard that the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) scores were thrown out for students in grades 3 – 8. Why isn’t the state doing the same for the EOC?

The state did not throw out the EOG scores. The State Board of Education waived the use of the scores in promotion and retention decisions for students in grades 3, 5, and 8. Importantly, only the use of the scores for a very specific purpose – promotion and retention in grades 3, 5, and 8 – was waived. This action was taken in an abundance of caution given some local school districts reported technology-related interruptions with online testing. While some of these events were short-term and quickly resolved with minimal impact to student experiences, others required more extensive technical support. Interruptions such as those that occurred during the EOG administration did not occur during the EOC administration.

Did schools experience online testing interruptions during the EOC administration?

While there were occasional interruptions experienced by a few schools, such interruptions were rare during the EOC administration. Those that did occur were the result of isolated specific circumstances that were not experienced statewide. One such example was the loss of Internet service due to a cable being severed. In these rare instances, the  department worked with districts so that students could
complete their tests.

If a student was interrupted were his/her responses lost?

No. The online platform has a mechanism that allows student responses to be cached (or saved). Once the student is able to log back in to the test session, he/she returns to the last test item he/she was working on.

In some districts, it appears that EOC scores are delayed and arriving later than in past years. Is this the case, and if so, why is that happening?
Scores for the high school EOC began to post on Tuesday, May 10th, for science and social studies courses (Physical Science, Biology, US History, and Economics) and on Tuesday, May 17th, for language arts and mathematics (9th Grade Literature, American Literature, Coordinate Algebra, Algebra I, Analytic Geometry, and Geometry). These postings began in the timeframe communicated to districts at the beginning of the school year. Scores continue to post on a daily basis.

Given the variety of school schedules, including graduation ceremonies, it was necessary to establish priorities. These priorities included the date schools close and the date their seniors graduate. While the scoring of Georgia tests in previous years occurred in a shorter timeframe, it is important to consider that Georgia Milestones includes items in which students must write their responses. This requires additional time to score, but we are committed to working to shorten the timeframe and getting scores back to districts as quickly as possible while ensuring Georgia continues to have an assessment that goes beyond just multiple-choice items.

When will schools receive score reports?

Schools receive scores based on when they tested and when they are scheduled to end their school year. As previously mentioned, priority was given to graduating seniors based on school closing dates.

When will parents receive score reports?

Score reports will be printed and shipped to school districts in July. Prior to the shipment of the printed reports, districts and schools receive electronic copies of student scores and may communicate the results to parents through their typical process.

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28 comments
Michael McIntyre
Michael McIntyre

The disaster this year, I'm not exactly going to call it incompetence --the bar for online testing was high and there were admittedly many (possibly) unforeseen technical variables/glitches/snafus that barred the path to certain perfection (or at least validity and reliability). But what I can simply NOT abide by is the utter vacuum of silence from the Superintendent's office and from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (c'mon, WHO is really running the show?). Their ineptitude in damage control and public response has made an utter mockery of our profession in the eyes of almost every citizen in the state.

Michael McIntyre
Michael McIntyre

Milestones? What Milestones?!?!? Woods.....Woods.....anyone?!?!?!?

Laura Gray
Laura Gray

I had 100% present for our scheduled Accelerated Algebra exam (no make-ups) and the results trickled in during the last minute (last night)..hours before grades were due....


I have an issue with the tool's calculator function.  If you try to take any odd root of a negative number, an error response is provided...The odd root of a negative number is still rational (we teach that in the algebra curriculum, so why can't the states assessment tools get it correct).  


Carolyn Parsons Akridge
Carolyn Parsons Akridge

I also wonder if discussions are in the works regarding teacher accountability. If systems have been offered the option of not using the test scores in promotion/retention decisions because they aren't valid, how can they be used to calculate a teacher's TKES score? (Not that I agree standardized tests should be factored into teacher evaluations at all.)

Belinda Bullock
Belinda Bullock

GADOE said 2015/2016 scores are on "hold harmless" as far as Tkes. Still using them for the schools CCRPI though.

Carolyn Parsons Akridge
Carolyn Parsons Akridge

Belinda Bullock That's good to know! So......that brings this question.... If we aren't using test data in the TKES evaluations for those teachers with students taking the Milestones test....are we going to still use testing data (SLOs etc) for other teachers?

Donna Burkett
Donna Burkett

Henry County is still waiting on some results. My daughter's Geometry score is NOT back. Her Physical Science score is back, but it has not been put into Infinite Campus. My guess is the school doesn't want the backlash that parents may implore on them when many students don't do so well.

Lorrie Parr Angell
Lorrie Parr Angell

I did my own investigating before I called our BOE. Out of 2500-2700 freshmen in Forsyth County only about 150 have received their ELA scores. School is out on Friday. They are already setting things up for late grades/report cards. And kids can't choose to take the final to help their grade if the EOCT scores are bad. I am emailing and calling my school, the BOE my county district BOE Representative (Elected) and the GA DOE. Heading out shortly for a meeting at the school. My daughter is a straight A student and is stressed out and so disgusted with our local educational leadership that she doesn't believe anything they say. This is so sad.

Jenna Milam Baird
Jenna Milam Baird

Still waiting in Forsyth County. Is GADOE ever going to address the faulty calculators (embedded into the computers) that many high schoolers had to use?

Michael Eber
Michael Eber

This is a great question as is the fact that they don't do regression a required standard for algebra 1

Kelland Waldrep
Kelland Waldrep

Laurens county is still waiting and we had graduation last week. We can not complete report cards and will have to have teachers come back off contract to finalize grades. Our paper pencil test were shipped overnight on May 5th. It has been a complete mess

Jennifer Schmidt
Jennifer Schmidt

We refused testing in Fulton, but still do not have report cards.

Laura Robinson
Laura Robinson

Both schools our kids are in have not shared scores and the elementary did not give report cards. Ridiculous. Both schools in APS...one charter, one zoned traditional public.

southerntchr
southerntchr

Maybe it's just me, but I don't blame the state, I blame my school.  Because attendance is NOT a priority, 9th grade lit EOC makeups were continuing well into the end of the week after they were taken.  why?  Because going to cheer on teammates at region and state competitions was more important to the administration that students being at school to test.  I am in a high school that allows students to go on as many field trips as possible.  We are block schedule and I have had honors students miss 10 days of my ELA class just this semester to go to Carowinds as a reward and downtown to ask businesses for money.  I am sick of hearing anyone around me in my district blame the state for what is NOT happening right here at home!

dsw2contributor
dsw2contributor

@MaureenDowney @southerntchr Maureen, that Lakeside HS mistake was very strange -- giving the wrong standardized test is the type of mistake that just does not happen.  Messing up a standardized test is a career-ender for teachers and principals.


Even weirder is how the mistake happened at Lakeside -- back in January, school staff posted flyers claiming that the Lakeside Principal was racist.  The Palace then forced the Principal out.


Lakeside's testing mistake (apparently) only happened at this one Dekalb HS, which leads me to think that Lakeside staff made the mistake.

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

@dsw2contributor @MaureenDowney @southerntchr I am writing about Milestones for the print newspaper and asked DeKalb this morning to explain who made the error in giving Lakeside kids pencil and paper. Seems a strange error as they had to get the pencil and paper tests from the state. Waiting for DeKalb to tell me that and when it expects the scores.


cyadra
cyadra

My school is still waiting for the results from our paper and pencil tests from our special ed students. 

MaureenDowney
MaureenDowney moderator

@dsw2contributor @southerntchr The testing director in DeKalb told me Lakeside made the error, ordering pencil and paper tests for those kids rather than online tests. However, the delays in getting back test scores are not related only to that; DeKalb and many other districts are still waiting for the state to send scores of even online tests, mostly in language arts. I asked teachers on AJC Get Schooled Facebook how many are still waiting for scores and it's well over a dozen districts. 

Molly Bardsley
Molly Bardsley

The testing program seems to rise to a new level of incompetence each year.