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 GaDOE Library Media Update - August 2016


Table of Contents

  • Georgia Department of Education Releases First Financial Efficiency Star Ratings
  • Georgia Receives Grant to Develop Social-emotional Learning Standards
  • Georgia Media Specialist Joins Lilead Fellows
  • Education Leadership Institute to Feature ESSA Panel
  • Back to School
  • August in Georgia History
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

Georgia Department of Education Releases First Financial Efficiency Star Ratings

On July 14, 2016 the Georgia Department of Education today released the first Financial Efficiency Star Ratings for local school districts in Georgia.

The Financial Efficiency Star Rating provides a measure of a district’s per-pupil spending in relation to the academic achievements of its students. Specifically, the rating is based on a three-year average of per-pupil spending, which is then associated with the district’s CCRPI score. Each district receives a rating ranging from one-half star to five stars; a five-star district can be described as having strong academic outcomes and lower levels of expenditures in comparison with other districts.

This is the first release of these data, and the ratings are associated with the 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 academic years. Next year, the data will include ratings for individual schools.

Georgia Receives Grant to Develop Social-emotional Learning Standards

Georgia has been selected, along with seven other states, to participate in the Collaborating States Initiative funded by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). This grant will allow Georgia to develop social-emotional learning standards, develop a strategy for professional learning, and update the Georgia Student Health Survey to include social and emotional learning.

“Focusing on social and emotional learning is absolutely essential as we work to ensure safe, healthy, and positive learning environments for Georgia’s students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Developing K-12 social-emotional standards will ensure a smoother transition for early learners and complement Georgia’s existing school climate efforts.”

Georgia Media Specialist Joins Lilead Fellows

Susan K.S. Grigsby, Media Specialist on Special Assignment for Forsyth County Schools, recently joined her colleagues in the Lilead Fellows Program in Orlando, Florida from June 23rd to June 26th, 2016 for the fourth and final in-person meeting of an intensive 18-month professional development program in which Susan and other school district library supervisors worked closely with mentors, educators, and experts in the field of library science.

About the Lilead Fellows Program

The Lilead Fellows Program, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is an 18-month professional development program for school district library supervisors,

Education Leadership Institute to Feature ESSA Panel

The 4th Annual Georgia Education Leadership Institute will be in Atlanta from September 7-9 at the Marriott Marquis. 

The Institute includes a special panel on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage and signing of this law is a major development in education and an enormous opportunity for educators, as it transfers power back to states and local schools/districts. During this event, a panel of experts will discuss ESSA and the development of Georgia’s state plan.

Back to School

Soon, open house dates will be announced by your school’s administrators. As you prepare your open house agenda keep parents in mind by accessing helpful resources from the parent information page on GeorgiaStandards.Org​.

August in Georgia History

Georgia, the fourth state, is a state full of history and diversity in an ongoing story. A great way to share Georgia’s rich legacy with your students is by using The New Georgia Encyclopedia (NGE). The NGE site will provide you with articles and images on every aspect of Georgia as well as convenient links to a multitude of other Web sites related to the history, culture, and life of the state. Your students can brush up on Georgia facts and more on the August in Georgia History page on the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Worth Sharing

Going Social