Technical colleges in Georgia are eliminating duplicate testing

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Schools all around the state are taking the Georgia Milestones end of course exam. Starting this summer, technical colleges in Georgia will accept Georgia Milestones English language arts scores, in place of the ACCUPLACER english language arts score.

ACCUPLACER is a test used to determine if students need remediation. A score of 525 or higher on the Georgia Milestones ELA means the student should be ready to handle the college level course work.

In the future, they hope to use the Georgia Milestones math score as a substitute as well.

"This has always been the plan for the Georgia Milestones End of Course measures as they were designed to signal college and career readiness. Both the University and the Technical College systems have had faculty involved in the test development process since the beginning. This partnership continues" Meghan Frick, Georgia Department of Education.

Augusta Technical College has seen an increase in the number of local students applying.

"Last year we had about 1,300 local kids apply, the majority of those were move on when ready students, but about 600 were recent grads" said Nicole Kennedy, VP of Student Affairs at Augusta Technical College.

Kennedy says they are up to date with their curriculum and can accommodate the numbers that this change will bring.

"That's the good thing about technical college, we're able to adapt quickly to the changes needs and demands of the business" said Kennedy.

Students will still have to be admitted to the college still based on the regular admissions process.

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