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Georgia Milestones Assessment System brings changes to End of Grade testing

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Testing changes are coming to schools in Chatham County.

Tuesday night, parents learned how their kids will be affected by the State Board of Education's decision on the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. A few weeks ago, it was announced that students in grades 3, 5 and 8 would need certain scores to move up to the next grade.

Last week, a waiver that would apply the changes to the 2016 school year was granted. That means recent tests will not be used for decisions this year.

A letter from the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System was handed out at Woodville Tompkins High School on Tuesday night. It says students who did not pass the Spring EOG test will no longer need to take the retest.

"Interestingly, all 180 districts across the state of Georgia. It's really up to them on how they decide to move forward in the use of this. In Chatham County, we thought it would be most equitable to utilize that waiver and not use the promotion requirement,” said SCCPSS Chief Public Affairs Officer Kurt Hetager.

We are also learning students in grades 3, 5 and 8 in Liberty County will also not take a retest this year.

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