Assessment Overview

Pickens County School District provides information on how our students perform on summative assessments such as Georgia Milestones, GAA 2.0, and ACCESS for ELLs.   Teachers frequently use various types of formative assessments in their classrooms to guide their instruction.  GKIDS Readiness Check and GKIDS 2.0 are statewide formative assessments used with Kindergarten students.     

Understanding the two types of assessments:

What is a Summative Assessment?

Summative assessment is an assessment of learning. It takes place at the end of an instructional period and measures student achievement or mastery of intended learning outcomes. Statewide summative assessment data is typically used to assess instructional programs, support school, and district improvement efforts, and inform policy decisions. 

What is a Formative Assessment?

Formative assessment is an assessment for learning.
 It takes place while instruction is still occurring to gather immediate feedback that identifies students' academic strengths and areas for growth, to plan differentiated instruction, and to support student learning. 


Families are able to access their child's assessment information, current and historical, through the parent portal.  If you are a parent and do not have access to the parent portal, you can send an email to


For additional information on state assessments, please visit the Georgia Department of Education websites listed below. 


If you have questions regarding assessments within Pickens County School District, please contact Director of Assessment and RTI, Destini Shope, at (706) 253-1700.