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Georgia ESSA Waiver in Action

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...

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Georgia, Utah, and Puerto Rico Plans Sent Back

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...

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Times Are A-Changing Georgia’s School Accountability System

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.’”

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GA Prioritizes Narrowing the Achievement Gap

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.”

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

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:...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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.

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GA Dept. of Education Holds Twitter Chat

October 16, 2016

The Georgia Department of Education held a Twitter chat allowing stakeholders to share feedback on ESSA.

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State Superintendent Creates Parent Advisory Council

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.

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GA Dept. of Education and State Superintendent Holding Public Feedback Sessions

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....

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State Superintendent Sets Up Committees for ESSA 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...

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GA State Superintendent Convening Committees for Public Feedback

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 –...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

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.

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