Georgia

State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut:...

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GA Governor says State ESSA Plan Falls Short in Setting High Expectations

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, while Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods is pushing to take advantage of testing flexibility under ESSA, Governor Nathan Deal “opposes a retreat from test scores as a critical determinant of school performance.” Governor Deal has refused to put his signature on Georgia’s ESSA...

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GA Submits ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

On Monday, Georgia submitted its ESSA plan to the Dept. of Education, whose proponents say “increases the flexibility and incentives for school districts to give the state’s nearly 1.8 million public school students what they need.” However, “some critics say it swings too far from...

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GA Dept. of Ed Releases Draft ESSA Plan for Public Comment

The Georgia Dept. of Education released the state’s draft ESSA plan for public review and comment. Superintendent Richard Woods commented, “I deeply appreciate the involvement of many of Georgia’s teachers, parents, school and district representatives, and community members in the ESSA public feedback process.” Woods...

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GA Dept. of Education to Review Feedback, Release Draft Plan

Georgia State School Chief Richard Woods noted that the Georgia Department of Education will review feedback gathered from listening sessions in January and release a draft plan, which will be revised, refined and prepared for final submission to the Dept. of Education in March.

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State Superintendent Creates Parent Advisory Council

State Superintendent Richard Woods has created a 24-member Parent Advisory Council to provide guidance to the state Department on ESSA. The council met for the first time on Sept.12 to discuss various education topics including assessments and educator and leader development.

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State Superintendent Sets Up Committees for ESSA Feedback

State Superintendent Richard Woods has set up seven committees to gather feedback on ESSA implementation and help write the state plan. Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and Marietta Superintendent Emily Lembeck were chosen as members of Georgia’s working groups. Ragsdale is serving on the state advisory...

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GA State Superintendent Convening Committees for Public Feedback

Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods is convening several committees to gather public feedback on the state’s new accountability plan. An Advisory Committee is creating a list of focus areas for the meetings as well as discussion points for the various working committees. These committees –...

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