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The Georgia Department of Education has release Georgia’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Click the links below to read the plan and provide feedback. It is critical as school board members that your voice is heard. Please take a few minutes to read through this information and click the link to provide feedback.

 

How to provide feedback

  1. Click here to read Georgia’s ESSA State Plan (Index here)
  2. Click the following links to access two-page overviews of key plan areas: Education of the Whole ChildAccountabilityAssessmentEducator and Leader DevelopmentFederal Programs to Support School Improvement
  3. Visit GaDOE.org/ESSA beginning June 27, 2017 for a video overview of the plan
  4. Click here to give your feedback
  5. Visit GaDOE.Org/signup to sign up for updates from GaDOE and stay up-to-date on the ESSA process.

 

Overview & moving forward

Broadly, Georgia’s draft ESSA plan supports a common framework of improvement that places the whole child at the center, focusing and organizing the work of the Department and engaging new partners in the school improvement process. It moves Georgia’s accountability system beyond a focus on test scores alone, allowing a more holistic view of district and school performance. It takes a more personalized approach to educational goals and accountability, establishes ambitious but attainable goals for groups of students, while rewarding schools that move students academically from one level to the next. The plan supports the alignment of tools, resources, initiatives, programs, and efforts so they work in a more effective and efficient way to ultimately impact the classroom.

 

Georgia plans to submit its draft ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September 2017. An in-depth timeline is available at gadoe.org/ESSA.

 

Background information on ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law in 2015, with bi-partisan support in Congress. ESSA grants states greater flexibility than its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, and entrusts them with the responsibility to develop their own state plans to support education. The statutory requirements of the law vary in specificity from issue to issue, with significant flexibility granted in some areas.

 

Last summer, the Georgia Department of Education convened groups of stakeholders – including classroom teachers, students, parents, school- and district-level leaders, higher-education representatives, business and industry, nonprofit and civic organizations, and communities – to guide the development of Georgia’s ESSA state plan.

 

Those groups relied directly on feedback from the public – gathered through seven public listening sessions held across the state, an in-depth survey, and social-media comment sessions – to shape Georgia’s ESSA plan. The GaDOE also maintained a dedicated email address for ESSA feedback and publicized it through website postings, social media, partnership with education and advocacy organizations, and through the in-person feedback sessions. This gave stakeholders an opportunity to provide open-ended feedback, engage in conversations, or request additional information. All feedback – through the in-person events, the survey, the email address and the social-media sessions – was collected, analyzed, and used to inform the development of Georgia’s state plan.

 

More information is available at GaDOE.org/ESSA. Sign up to receive updates on the ESSA process at GaDOE.org/signup.