The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) is an exciting
initiative designed to provide students, parents, educators, and the public
with important information on student progress. Academic achievement
only tells part of the story. The addition of student growth tells a more
complete story about the academic performance of students. Now we not only know
where students ended up, but we also know how much progress they made to get
What is the Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM)?
is implementing the student growth percentile (SGP) methodology. SGPs describe
the amount of growth a student has demonstrated relative to
academically-similar students from across the state. Growth percentiles range
from 1 to 99, with lower percentiles indicating lower academic growth and
higher percentiles indicating higher academic growth. With SGPs, all students –
regardless of their achievement level – have the opportunity to demonstrate all
levels of growth.
How will the GSGM be utilized?
The core purpose of the GSGM is to
provide students, parents, educators, and the public with valuable, actionable
information on students’ academic progress. The addition of student growth data
to existing student achievement data paints a more complete picture of the
achievement and progress being made by Georgia’s students.
Students and parents receive
student growth reports that provide information on students’ academic progress
and achievement. Students and parents can work with their teachers to better
understand student performance and the support or enrichment opportunities that
might contribute to them meeting or exceeding academic expectations.
The public has access to district
and school SGP data through the SGP data tool located on this page.
Educators have access to detailed
SGP data for their students through the Statewide Longitudinal Data System
(SLDS). They can utilize SGPs, in addition to other information about student
performance, to improve student learning, instruction, and educational
SGPs also contribute to school and
district accountability. SGPs are used as a measure of student progress in the
College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). SGPs are combined with
other measures to provide an overall indication of school and district
effectiveness. Please see the Accountability page for more information.
Finally, SGPs are one of multiple
measures used to provide an indication of teacher and leader effectiveness in
the Teacher and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems (TKES and LKES). Please see
the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness page for more information.