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Georgia Administrators’ ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

Georgia Administrators’ ESSA-Aligned Guide to Planning for the New School Year

It’s hard to believe that planning for the upcoming school year is already on the horizon for district and school administrators. To support you in that process, we've curated a list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined by the GaDOE and the Georgia ESSA plan.

But, before we dig in, first a little background. Georgia’s accountability system, the CCRPI, includes a set of indicators uses different terminology than what is found is most ESSA plans, but all indicators adhere to federal requirements. The Georgia ESSA plan provides a clear crosswalk between the ESSA categories and the CCRPI components and indicators, which we’ll continue to refer to as we visit each reporting category below.

Boost Content Mastery and Achievement

Are students achieving at the level necessary to be prepared for the next grade, college, or careers? As you consider your approach to supporting students across a well-rounded curriculum, utilize the following guides to take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or refine your current practices.

Formative Assessment Workbook

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Under the ESSA Innovative Assessment Pilot, Georgia has already shown that they are interested in moving toward a more formative model that replaces the current Georgia Milestones assessments. Our workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. The planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Blended Learning Workbook

Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended learning programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district’s or school's blended learning program started.

Drive Progress in ELA and Math, As Well As for English Language Learners

How much growth are students demonstrating relative to academically similar students? Because the Georgia ESSA plan gives almost equal weight to achievement and growth, finding balanced resources that focus on each goal is important to success. The following planning tools provide strategies for helping all students achieve growth, as well as for meeting the needs of special populations.

Personalized Learning Workbook

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

ELL Blog Collection

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, ways to prepare ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more.

Supporting Georgia ELs with WIDA-Correlated Programs

Learn more about EL requirements in Georgia and discover proven programs that have received WIDA PRIME V2 Correlations following rigorous independent reviews.

Close Gaps in Learning

Are all students and all student subgroups making improvements in achievement? This indicator specifically evaluates if students are meeting 3% improvement targets in ELA, math, science, and social studies. Consider this resource to help meet the unique needs of your special populations so that all students have the best shot at academic success.

Special Populations Program Planning Worksheet

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

Ensure Readiness

Are students participating in activities that will prepare them to demonstrate readiness for the next level, college, or careers? In Georgia, this Readiness category includes many different elements, such as literacy, student attendance, enrichment beyond the core, accelerated enrollment, pathway completion, and college and career readiness.

Online Curriculum

Online curriculum can open up a world of college- and career-focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement®, CTE, SAT®, or ACT® assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways that online curriculum can be used, and it even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

Virtual Learning

A virtual implementation may help your school or district offer more flexible and expansive course options to serve populations in need. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

Reading & Literacy

It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach.

Meaningful Literacy Measures in Georgia

MetaMetrics Lexile measures are critical to measuring literacy success in Georgia. Do you have programs in place to help track Lexile gains? Learn more about this powerful metric and digital options to ensure students are on the right track.

Support Graduation Rates

Are students graduating from high school with a regular diploma in four or five years? Make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students can see a path to graduation.

Credit Recovery Worksheet

Our credit recovery worksheet will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Looking for online programs to help your school or district improve outcomes for all students? Check out Edmentum's suite of K–12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum, and see why 8,000 U.S. school districts proudly partner with us.

This blog post was originally published on April 30, 2018.

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