GAA (Georgia Alternative Assessment)

  • The Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA) 2.0 is composed of standardized performance tasks and is intended to provide tiered participation within the assessment for students working at various levels of complexity. The GAA 2.0 is designed to measure the degree to which students with significant cognitive disabilities have mastered alternate achievement standards in the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

    The GAA 2.0 is administered to all eligible students in the following areas:

    • Grades 3-8, and high school will be assessed in English language arts and mathematics.
    • Grades 5, 8, and high school will be assessed in science.
    • Grades 8 and high school will be assessed in social studies.

    This assessment provides meaningful information about classroom instruction and helps identify students’ areas of strength and improvement.  If a student’s IEP team determines that a student cannot meaningfully access the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, even with maximum appropriate accommodations, then the student must participate in the GAA 2.0.