Teaching and Learning - Research Accountability And Assessment

General Information

The Department of Research, Accountability and Assessment is responsible for overseeing the administration of local, state and national tests, analyzing and reporting assessment results, and providing support for district and school administrators custom reports to assist them in instructional planning. In addition to this, the Department of Research, Accountability and Assessment:

  • Trains and supports School Test Coordinators
  • Administers the data collection processes for the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)
  • Reviews external research requests
  • Reviews evaluation plans for all new grant submissions
  • Respond to external data requests
  • Produces district and school level analysis of test results, district demographics, attendance, discipline, AP results, post-secondary enrollment, enrollment projections, demographic data and other topics of relevance to the district
  • Produces data for required state and federal reports
  • Conduct research and data analysis for district leaders upon request

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up my student for the SAT or ACT?‎

The companies that create the SAT and ACT require that parents and students sign up for the assessments themselves, and do not typically involve the schools in the process. Please visit the websites of the College Board and ACT, Inc for more information.

I am interested in my student going to one of Muscogee County's magnet programs. How can I schedule him/her to take an entrance exam? ‎

Magnet programs throughout Muscogee County have control over their enrollment processes, to include testing. For each program to which you are interested in applying, contact the school directly to learn the next testing opportunity.

My student currently attends a homeschool program, but I'm interested in enrolling them in Muscogee County. Do they need to test to get in, or what other procedures are there? ‎

Depending on their age and academic history, the testing requirements and process vary. Please contact the Division of Teaching and Learning at 706-748-2109 for details and instructions.

When will Muscogee County administer the Georgia Milestones Assessment this year?

While the Georgia Department of Education sets the state testing window, MCSD does have some limited input on setting county test dates, though they will change yearly. Typically, grades 3-8 will test starting in early April and grades 9-12 will begin in late April.

How do I 'opt out' my student from taking the Georgia Milestones Assessment? ‎

Georgia State Law charges the Georgia Department of Education and the state's public school districts with assessing the yearly progress of students in Grades 3 through 12. Counties and Schools use standardized tests, such as the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, to measure the growth and achievement of students from year to year. The State code does not provide a parental opt-out option for students, and as such Muscogee County School District is required to administer the test to all students in its charge.

My student just finished taking the Georgia Milestones Assessment. When will we receive the results?

Muscogee County receives results about two full weeks after testing finishes, and schools will send individual score reports home with students once they arrive.

Can I call and get my previous years' test scores over the phone?

In order to maintain high levels of security surrounding sensitive student information, we choose not to give out test scores over the phone. You can either visit your current school's guidance office, or the school you last attended, to request copies of your records. If they have transferred the records, they will direct you where to go. Please come prepared to show a valid, state-issued photo ID.

How do I apply for my high school diploma under the guidelines of House Bill 91 (passed in 2015)?

Begin by contacting the Department of Records Management at 706-748-2383, or by visiting their office located at 5661 Lorenzo Rd Columbus, GA 31904. It is best to call and make an appointment in advance whenever possible.

I never passed the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) and never received my diploma. How do I sign up to attempt the GHSGT again?

Due to the passage of House Bill 91 in 2015, the Georgia High School Graduation Test requirement for past students is no longer in effect. This means that if you satisfied ALL other criteria needed to graduate high school in Georgia, you may now qualify to receive your diploma. Please contact the Department of Records Management at 706-748-2383, or by visiting their office located at 5661 Lorenzo Rd Columbus, GA 31904. It is best to call and make an appointment in advance whenever possible.

Contact Information

Patrick Knopf Director


Kerri VanPelt Data Specialist


Tracey Pace Assessment Specialist


Janet Day System Test Coordinator