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GADOE Announces ESSA Input Sessions

Posted August 29, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

The Georgia Department of Education and State School Superintendent Richard Woods are urging anyone interested in the future of Georgia’s public education system to attend one of eight public feedback sessions on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 ESSA is the replacement for the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind, and offers an enormous opportunity for Georgia’s students, teachers, parents and communities because it replaces the top-down federal approach required by NCLB. The new law allows states and local schools/districts to make education decisions that are best for their students, and requires states to develop plans that address standards/assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools and students.

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Focusing the School Year

Posted August 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

Almost everyone is underway with the new school year and all certainly will be by the end of the week.  One of the things that I continue to read that vital to the success of any school in any year is that each individual school has a goal for the year

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Ready or Not, Local Control is Upon Us

Posted June 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Jimmy Stokes

July 1, 2016, brings a most significant change to local school systems as a consequence of SB 364.  Local systems must create a plan as to how they plan to evaluate and assess teachers and students.  SLOs as we know them are now by local adoption.  SB 364 calls for teachers to do at least one summative assessment of students in their classes but that summative assessment may be the result of a series of formative assessments.

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