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The following standards are being assessed by the Georgia Alternative Assessment (GAA) for 6th & 8th grade





Statistics and



Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it

in the answers. For example, “How old am I?” is not a statistical question, but “How old are the students in my school?”

is a statistical question because one anticipates variability in students’ ages.


Expressions and Equations


Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.




Reading Literacy


Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards a resolution.


Speaking & Listening


Element: C

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to

the topic, text, or issue under discussion.





Students will investigate the scientific view of how

the earth’s surface is formed.


Element: C

Compare and contrast the Earth’s crust, mantle, and core

including temperature, density, and composition.



Geographic Understandings

SS6G1 The student will locate selected features of Latin America and the Caribbean.



Locate on a world and regional political-physical map the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Venezuela





Language Arts

Reading Literary


ELACC.8.RL.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.


Speaking and Listening



Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on

grade 8 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that

preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and

deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and elicit elaboration and respond to others’

questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views

and understanding in light of the evidence presented.






Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.


Understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a

sequence of rotations, reflections, and translations; given two congruent figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the

congruence between them.


Number System


Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers.


Know that numbers that are not rational are called irrational. Understand informally that every number has a decimal

expansion; for rational numbers show that the decimal expansion repeats eventually, and convert a decimal expansion

which repeats eventually into a rational number.



Physical Science


S8P1 Students will examine the scientific view of the nature of matter.


a.Distinguish between atoms and molecules.



Geographic Understandings


SS8G1 The student will describe Georgia with regard to physical features and location.


a. Locate Georgia in relation to region, nation, continent, and hemispheres.