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District and State Mandated Tests

Assessments serve as checkpoints to gauge your child’s understanding and guide teachers in refining their methods. State and district assessments are standardized tests designed to measure students’ proficiency in specific subjects. These tests occur periodically throughout the school year, providing a comprehensive view of academic progress. The frequency depends on the education system and grade level. Administered uniformly, they help maintain consistency in evaluating students’ performance.

Standardized Tests at Baker Middle School

Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS)

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (GMAS) is a summative assessment program in the content areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 – 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in English/language arts and mathematics. Additionally, students in grades 5 and 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in science and social studies.

Study guides for the GMAS End of Grade test are found by clicking this link.

More information regarding the Georgia Milestones Assessment System can be found by clicking this link.


Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Learners (ACCESS for ELs) measures the English language proficiency of EL students in grades Kindergarten through 12. The ACCESS for ELs serves four purposes:

  • Monitors annual progress of ELs’ English language proficiency,

  • Establishes when ELs have attained English language proficiency,

  • Informs classroom instruction and assessment, and

  • Provides reliable and valid data source or accountability and aid in academic decision-making for EL students.

More information regarding the ACCESS for ELs can be found by clicking this link.

Georgia Alternate Assessment 2.0

The Georgia Alternate Assessment 2.0 (GAA 2.0) is an assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3- 8 and grade 11. The students are assessed using standards in English/language arts, math, science and social studies that are aligned to the Georgia curriculum.

More information regarding the GAA can be found by clicking this link.

Beacon Test

DRC BEACON is an online interim assessment that illuminates student learning needs and measures student progress throughout the year. It allows grade 3–8 educators to target instruction and make informed decisions. Because the test adapts to the student’s level, results have more relevant data in shorter time.


With Star, you can forecast which students are on track to perform well on your state’s summative test as early as fall—giving you ample time to intervene early and help get all students on track for success.

STAR Reading

One K–12 comprehensive reading assessment test provides all the insights needed to guide literacy growth for emergent readers, struggling readers, and high achievers, whether you are testing in-person, remotely, or a combination of both.