April 30, 2015
April 14, 2018
Thom Chandler reports for the Georgia Sun that the U.S. Department of Education has approved a waiver for Georgia that “will keep some middle school students from unnecessary testing.” Currently, middle school students who take high school classes have to take both the middle school...
December 15, 2017
Sec. DeVos issued additional feedback for three state ESSA plans. Alyson Klein notes that it is “unclear” if states need to revise plans based on feedback, and that some states in the spring “got the federal seal of approval even if they didn’t change things the...
November 5, 2017
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.’”
October 30, 2017
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.”
October 17, 2017
Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...
October 2, 2017
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...
September 15, 2017
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...
June 15, 2017
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...
November 3, 2016
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.
September 19, 2016
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.
August 22, 2016
The Georgia Dept. of Education and State School Superintendent Richard Woods will be holding eight public feedback sessions on ESSA across the state. Participants will choose specific topics to discuss in working groups, and be informed of next steps and additional opportunities to provide feedback....
July 31, 2016
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...
July 22, 2016
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 –...
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.