Testing impacted by COVID-19

State and college preparedness exams have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, state and college preparedness tests such as the ACT and SAT have been suspended or postponed.

The Georgia Department of Education has suspended Georgia Milestones testing. Georgia Milestones is an end-of-year assignment required to be taken by all public school students that accounts for 20% of their final grade in the class.

“Right now, schools’ focus needs to be on the safety of their students and staff…testing and accountability requirements should not place an additional burden on students, parents, and educators during this time, and they will not in Georgia,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a statement.

On March 27 at a State Board of Education meeting, Woods will recommend the suspension of the percentage from Milestones testing that makes up a student’s final grade.

The ACT has announced that it will be moving its April 4 testing date to June 13. 

“ACT is committed to making every effort to help those students impacted by this test date change, particularly those high school seniors who are facing deadlines for fall 2020 college admission,” ACT CEO Marten Roorda said.

According to the ACT’s website, “All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.”

The College Board announced that it will be canceling its May 2 SAT testing date in addition to its make-up dates for the March exam. No decision has been made on the June date yet.

“We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority,” the College Board said.

The College Board is also working to develop a way for Advanced Placement students to take their end-of-course exams at home.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) announced that it will not be changing its exam schedule.

“The IB is unable to change the May 2020 exam schedule. The IB examination schedule is a global schedule and therefore it would be unreasonable to change it for students who are not affected,” the IB said in a recent FAQ. 

However, the IB has announced a variety of deadline extensions to schools closed because of COVID-19. The full list of extensions can be found here.