Gainesville High School
830 Century Place
Gainesville, GA. 30501




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 Kay Holleman-Director of Guidance Services
Arts and Sciences Academy Counselor

Phone: 770-536-4441 ext. 171

Michael Jackson-Careers.NET Academy Counselor
Phone: 770-536-4441 ext. 143

J.D. Mutchler-Civil International Academy Counselor
Phone: 770-536-4441 ext. 118

Thea Moore- Freshmen Academy Counselor:
Voice Mail 117 Ext. 117





End of Course Tests (EOCT)

The A+ Educational Reform Act of 2000,O.C.G.A. §20-2-281, mandates that the State Board of Education adopt end-of-course assessments in grades nine through twelve for core subjects to be determined by the State Board of Education. With educator input, and State Board approval, the End-of-Course Assessment program is therefore comprised of the following eight content area assessments:


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra I
    • Geometry
  • Social Studies
    • United States History
    • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Physical Science
  • English Language Arts
    • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
    • American Literature and Composition


What is the purpose of the EOCT?

Improved teaching and learning are the main focus of Georgia’s education system. The EOCT align with the Georgia curriculum standards and include assessment of specific content knowledge and skills. The assessments provide diagnostic information to help students identify strengths and areas of need in learning, therefore improving performance in all high school courses and on other assessments, such as the GHSGT. The EOCT also provide data to evaluate the effectiveness of classroom instruction at the school and system levels.

EOCT Pre-Administration Workshop Fall 2007 (PPT)

Georgia High School Graduation Test

Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT)

Purpose of the Graduation Tests

Georgia’s graduation tests provide valuable information for students, educators, and parents about student strengths and areas for improvement. The tests identify students who may need additional instruction in the concepts and skills required for a diploma. Since 2004, the English Language Arts and Mathematics high school graduation tests have been used to measure Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind legislation.

All students seeking a Georgia high school diploma must pass the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) in four content areas as well as the Georgia High School Writing Assessment. These assessments ensure that students qualifying for a diploma have mastered essential core academic content and skills. Students with disabilities and English Language Learners may receive appropriate accommodations based on their needs and the specifications of their Individualized Education Program, their Individual Accommodation Plan, or their ELL Testing Participation Committee Plan. Students with disabilities unable to participate in the state testing program, even with accommodations, are assessed with the Georgia Alternate Assessment.

Assessment Opportunities

Students take the graduation tests for the first time in the eleventh grade. The Writing Assessment takes place in the fall, and the GHSGT in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies occur in the spring of the eleventh grade. Students who do not pass on the first attempt of the tests have multiple opportunities to receive additional instruction, retest, and qualify for graduation before the spring of the twelfth grade.

Students who do not pass all the required tests but have met all other graduation requirements may be eligible for a Certificate of Performance or a Special Education Diploma. Students who have left school with a Certificate of Performance or a Special Education Certificate may return to attempt the graduation test(s) again, as often as necessary to qualify for a high school diploma.

Assessment Opportunities Writing Content Areas
Grade 11 Fall (September) First  
Grade 11 Spring (March/April) Retest First
Grade 11/12 (July) Retest Retest
Grade 12 Fall (September) Retest Retest
Grade 12 Winter (November)   Retest
Grade 12 Spring (March/April) Retest Retest
Grade 12 Summer (July) Senior Retest Senior Retest


GHSGT Spring 2008 Update Bulletin

Basic Skills Tests


Schools, systems, and the state are accountable for the percent of students meeting Proficient target annually. The target will increase each year according to the Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) targets.

Enhanced GHSGT
State Scale Score Required
Proficient Advanced
English Language Arts* 511* 538*
Mathematics 516 525
*These scores will change in spring 2008.



SAT Test Dates

Test Dates
Test U.S. Registration Deadlines* International Registration Deadlines**
Regular Late
(a fee applies)
(International only)

October 4, 2008

Subject Tests

September 9, 2008

September 16, 2008

August 26, 2008

September 9, 2008†

November 1, 2008

Subject Tests

September 26, 2008

October 10, 2008

September 10, 2008

September 26, 2008†

December 6, 2008

Subject Tests

November 5, 2008

November 18, 2008

October 15, 2008

November 5, 2008†

January 24, 2009

Subject Tests

December 26, 2008

January 6, 2008††

December 3, 2008

December 26, 2008†

March 14, 2009

SAT only

February 10, 2009

February 24, 2009



May 2, 2009

Subject Tests

March 31, 2009

April 9, 2009

March 11, 2009

March 31, 2009†

June 6, 2009

Subject Tests

May 5, 2009

May 15, 2009

April 15, 2009

May 5, 2009†



Test Date

Registration Deadline

(Late Fee Required)

September 13, 2008*

August 12, 2008

August 13 – 22, 2008

October 25, 2008

September 19, 2008

September 20 – October 3, 2008

December 13, 2008

November 7, 2008

November 8 – 20, 2008

February 7, 2009**

January 6, 2009

January 7 – 16, 2009

April 4, 2009

February 27, 2009

February 28 – March 13, 2009

June 13, 2009

May 8, 2009

May 9 – 22, 2009

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