Frequently Asked Questions

Cobb Metrics are the formative assessments for students that create the foundation of data within the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS). Teachers and parents will be able to easily see what students know and will have access to educational resources to help the students master the standards where they show weakness.  Cobb Metrics gives teachers the freedom to teach and students the freedom to learn. 

The Cobb County School District is one team, with one goal—student success. That’s success for every student. With input from our teachers, we set out to develop a system that empowers teachers because we know that student success is more than a test score. Instead of students taking an end-of-the-year assessment, which doesn’t provide teachers with results until the following school year, Cobb Metrics provides immediate feedback to help teachers focus on the individual student—what they know, what they don’t know, and the steps the teachers need to take in the classroom to help each student achieve success. Cobb Metrics provides teachers with real-time access to information regarding students who are not making progress toward Georgia’s academic content standards. This empowers teachers to make better, timely instructional decisions for students. Cobb Metrics gives teachers the freedom to teach and students the freedom to learn. 

Cobb Metrics provides teachers with real-time access to information regarding students who are not making progress toward Georgia’s academic content standards. This empowers teachers to make better, timely instructional decisions for students. Instead of students taking an end-of-the-year assessment, which doesn’t provide teachers with results until the following school year, Cobb Metrics provides immediate feedback to help teachers focus on the individual student—what they know, what they don’t know, and the steps they need to take in the classroom to help each student achieve success. 

The district-developed formative assessments will be given frequently throughout the school year, and assessment results will be delivered instantly to teachers at the level of individual standards.  

Cobb Metrics can be administered on the computer or with paper and pencil. 

The assessments are available to teachers immediately in Cobb’s Teaching and Learning System (CTLS) Assess platform. Cobb Metrics provides teachers with real-time access to information regarding students who are not making progress toward Georgia’s academic content standards. This empowers teachers to make better, timely instructional decisions for students. Cobb Metrics gives teachers the freedom to teach and students the freedom to learn. 

Cobb Metrics will be delivered, scored, and viewed in the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS) Parent portal, which is scheduled to be available in Spring 2019. 

Cobb teachers are continuously involved in the development and refinement of Cobb Metrics. Better than anyone else, teachers are in the best position to answer these main questions: what do their students truly know and how does it grow throughout the year? Cobb’s innovative assessment system will provide teachers with timely and specific information on the progress their students are making toward mastering each standard. 

CTLS Teach is a digital platform within the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS), which contains a constantly growing library of over 500,000 high-quality, vetted instructional resources. 

CTLS Assess, which is a digital platform within the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS), is currently being used by teachers across the Cobb County School District. The platform was used to administer and deliver over 890,000 assessments during 2017-2018 school year.  Once the assessment is administered, results are immediately available for selected response and multi-select questions. Results are available by assessment at each of the following levels: district, school, class, standard, and question. Teachers have real-time access to information regarding students who are not making progress toward Georgia’s academic content standards. 

CTLS Parent is a digital platform within the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS) that is expected to be available to parents in Spring 2019. Within the parent portal, parents will be able to access the data provided by Cobb Metrics to see what their students know in relation to specific Georgia standards. They will also be provided access to educational resources so they can help their children master the standards where they demonstrate weakness.  

 

CTLS Student is a future digital platform that will be developed within the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS). Within the student portal, students will be able to access the data provided by Cobb Metrics to see what they know in relation to specific Georgia standards. The students will also be able to access educational resources to help them master the standards where they demonstrate weakness. 

Cobb Metrics are the formative assessments for students that create the foundation of data within the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS). In their tailored CTLS portals, teachers and parents will be able to easily see what students know and will have access to educational resources to help the students master the standards where they show weakness.  When CTLS Student is released in the future, students will also be able to access the Cobb Metrics data and access educational material to help them succeed.  

Cobb Metrics focuses on individualized-student learning. The small accountability portion will provide teachers with real-time access to information regarding students who are not making progress toward Georgia’s academic content standards. This empowers teachers to make better, timely instructional decisions for students in order to improve student success. Georgia Milestones focuses on accountability. As an end-of-the-year assessment, Georgia Milestones DOES NOT provide teachers immediate feedback on what their students know so they can help them master the standard before advancing to the next grade level. The results of the Georgia Milestones are not released until the following school year. 

The Cobb County School District plans to administer the Georgia Milestones for the current 2018–2019 school year. The role of these assessments will be re-evaluated at the end of the pilot once the development of the Cobb Metrics is complete and Cobb Metrics and Georgia Milestones have been equated.   

For the duration of this assessment pilot, the district will continue to give nationally normed assessments (Iowa Assessments in grades 3, 5, and 7 and the PSAT in grade 10) as a means of quality control and comparability. The role of these assessments in the overall assessment system will be re-evaluated at the end of the pilot once the development of the Cobb Metrics is complete and the Cobb Metrics and Georgia Milestones have been equated. The Cobb County School District will also utilize the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Inventory to assess and monitor reading proficiency in grades K–9.