The Georgia School Assessment on Performance Standards (GSAPS)is an onsite assessment of a school’s progress toward meeting the Georgia School Performance Standards. The Georgia School Performance Standards are Georgia’s standards for schools and describe what Georgia’s schools need to know, understand, and be able to do in the same manner that the Georgia Standards of Excellence describe what Georgia’s students need to know, understand, and be able to do.
The GSAPS is conducted by an experienced team of educators who collect a variety of data from multiple sources (classroom observations, interviews, surveys, focus groups, and assessment documents) to assess the status of a school on each of the standards. Following a GSAPS, a summary meeting is conducted to provide the school with commendations, recommendations, and a rating for each standard in the Georgia School Performance Standards. The results of the GSAPS are used to inform the development and implementation of school improvement initiatives.
Each year the Georgia Department of Education identifies schools that are required to receive a state-led GSAPS. The state GSAPS Team has the primary responsibility to conduct reviews at the identified Priority schools every two to three years.