DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Students in Dougherty County will have their state testing a bit later this year.
After seeing how many days students missed in January, the state is allowing them to take the test one week later.
Students will take their Georgia Milestones the week of April 24th.
The only exception are seniors, who will take them the week before, as originally scheduled.
This will allow the students more time to prepare for the tests.
Seniors must take them earlier so they can get their results before graduation.
Due to the storms in January students missed 12 instructional days.
The school board approved, to push the last day of school back from May 19th to the 26th.
Originally, there were two early dismissal days scheduled. To help make up for the time lost, students will not be dismissed early on those days.
"The biggest concern is of course student achievement. We wanted to make sure that we have enough time to prepare the students adequately for the test," said Dr. Lynn Parker, the DCSS Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
With the adjustments, students in Dougherty County will only miss two instructional days this year.