Georgia drastically cuts weight of final exams for this school year

A student fills in bubbles on a standardized test.
A student fills in bubbles on a standardized test.(KCRG File)
Published: Dec. 21, 2020 at 8:19 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia state Superintendent Richard Wood has won approval for his proposal of a 0.01 percent course grade weight for end-of-course exams for the 2020-21 school year.

Given the impact of the pandemic, the Georgia Department of Education applied for a waiver of federal standardized testing requirements for the 2020-21 school year.

When that waiver was denied, Woods made several recommendations to reduce the high-stakes impact of the test, including the 0.01 percent recommendation for high-school end-of-course exams.

This means students’ course grades will not be negatively impacted by their score on the Georgia Milestones end-of-course exams. Even for exams already administered this fall, school districts may recalculate course grades.

Other states have followed the same lead, taking steps to reduce the high-stakes consequences of tests for students, including South Carolina, where a similar 20 percent requirement has been waived.

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