Georgia

Times Are A-Changing Georgia’s School Accountability System

The Rome Tribune News reports Georgia’s school accountability system—the College and Career Ready Performance Index—could “experience a number of changes” if the state’s ESSA plan is approved; these changes are part of an effort to “move away from ‘a narrow focus on test scores alone.’”

Read More

GA Prioritizes Narrowing the Achievement Gap

NNPA’s Dr. Elizabeth Primas 30 writes that “Georgia is making every effort to ensure that students have a better chance of performing at proficient or advanced levels on all state exams” under ESSA, which “prioritizes narrowing the achievement gap.”

Read More

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:...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More