Because of a lag in getting back test results, Hall County Schools has decided not to conduct Georgia Milestones retesting this school year, which ends May 25.
“At the end of the year, with everybody already completely stressed trying to finish up, we just made the determination we had passed go on Friday when, at noon, we still didn’t have the results back,” Superintendent Will Schofield said Monday night.
However, he told the Hall Board of Education that officials would retest at the end of summer school for Title I, or poor or economically disadvantaged, schools.
The county system doesn’t even know how many students would need retesting, but Schofield estimated that number could be 1,400 to 1,800 students in third, fifth and eighth grades, based on previous years’ experience.
“We’ll capture probably two-thirds of those in summer school,” he said.
As for the rest, “we just won’t retest (them),” Schofield said. “There’s no downside for the student, at this point.”
State rules had required that students may be retained at the current grade level if they did not meet the state requirements for the reading and math portions of the test — third-graders reading on grade level and fifth-graders and eighth-graders meeting standards for reading and math.
However, earlier this month, the state Department of Education waived promotion, placement and retention requirements related to the tests because of “technology-related interruptions of online testing.”
The “only upside” in retesting all the students who need it is how it affects a school’s
College and Career Ready Performance Index, Schofield said.
“Some of that may count for CCRPI … but as long as I’ve been here in this district and have worked for you gentlemen, that tail has never wagged the dog,” Schofield told the school board.
The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.