What does this measure?
This is the percentage of all third-grade students achieving proficient learner or above on third-grade Milestones English Language Arts (ELA) assessment.
The third-grade Milestones ELA proficient and above rates are calculated based on annual student assessment. Data are collected in each school and reported to the Department of Education (DOE). Data are managed and reported by the GaDOE.
Why is this important?
The Milestones ELA assessment is the Georgia third-grade reading assessment that’s used in discerning grade-level reading proficiency. There are four possible performance levels: Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, and Distinguished Learner. The proficient and above level denotes a child who is ready to enter fourth grade reading at grade level.
References and Resources
- GaDOE-Georgia Milestones
- Georgia Milestones Questions and Answers Brochure
- Learning to Read, Reading to Learn: Why third grade is a pivotal year for mastering literacy. Center for Public Education, March 2015.
- Early Warning: Why Reading By the End of Third Grade Matters. Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010.