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 Division of School and District Effectiveness


Improving on Your Previous Best

Welcome to the Division of School and District Effectiveness, one of three Divisions within the Office of School Improvement:  

 Vision

Our Future:  Quality leadership resulting in effective instruction and learning for all students in every Georgia district, school, and classroom

Mission

Our Strategy:  To provide a superior system of statewide support to districts andschools in Georgia to advance school improvement efforts that positively influence student learning

Purpose

Our Function:  To increase collective leadership capacity to understand what effective schools and districts know and do, and to support the leaders to own their improvement processes

The work of the Division of School and District Effectiveness is to engage with and support schools and districts in their improvement efforts, providing helpful tools, resources, and professional learning.  The Division of School and District Effectiveness also collaborates with other entities within the Georgia Department of Education and external agencies such as the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), the Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), and colleges and universities to provide district and school support. While the Division of School and District Effectiveness works with all Georgia schools and districts, the primary focus is on schools experiencing achievement challenges:


SIG Schools (School Improvment Grant 1003(g) Schools)

  • A Tier I or Tier II/Priority school under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program that is using SIG funds 1003(g) to implement a school intervention model

 Priority Schools

  • Title I participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over two years; or

  • A Title I school in the state based on the lowest achievement of “all students” group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments and has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over three years in the “all students” group 

Alert Schools 

  • A Title I or Non-Title I school in the state based on the lowest achievement of “all students” group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments and has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over three years in the “all students” group
  • May not be identified as a Priority School or Focus School

Focus Schools 

  •  A Title I participating high school with a graduation rate less than 60 percent over two years; or
  • A Title I school that has the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup or subgroups and the lowest-achieving subgroup or subgroups or, at the high school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates (“within-school-gaps” focus school)
  • May not be identified as a Priority Schools

Reward Schools

The Title I Reward Schools Program recognizes and honors two categories of Reward Schools:

  • Highest-Performing Reward Schools
  • High-Progress Reward Schools.
 

Below is an organizer that locates those GaDOE resources, including the Division of School and District Effectiveness initiatives, within the structure of continuous improvement for successful learning and teaching for all schools. 

    

 

 

As we plan for any process or performance, we first need to decide what success will look like. That picture of success is usually found in performance standards. Below are Georgia standards that describe success for students in their academic performance, and that describe what effective teachers, leaders, schools, and districts know and do.
Student Performance
Professional Effectiveness
Organizational Effectiveness
 
After we have determined what success looks like (based on performance standards), we then can measure the current performance relative to those standards. Below are some of the ways in Georgia that we measure the degree to which students, teachers, leaders, schools, and districts are meeting the standards of success.
Student Performance
Professional Effectiveness
Organizational Effectiveness


  

We can know what success looks like (i.e., the standards), and we can determine the degree to which we are succeeding based on the standards. We can then identify areas where we need to improve. Below are resources that can help as we seek to improve the performances of students, teachers, leaders, and schools.
Student Interventions
Professional Resources
The companion document to the School Keys, the Implementation Resource Guide is currently being updated. Effective December 2014, the new name for the document is the Leadership Guide to Georgia School Performance Standards. At this time three strands (Curriculum Planning, Assessment, and Instruction) have been completed and posted for your use. Additional strands are under construction and will be released during 2015.
Organizational Processes
 
There are times when schools and districts may need support to improve processes and performances. The Georgia Department of Education and Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) offer different avenues of that additional assistance. Below are supports that are offered to schools and districts.
School Supports
District Supports
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 Contact Information

 
Will Rumbaugh, Ed.D.
Director
Phone: 404-463-1861
 
Vacant
Administrative Assistant
 
Joann Hooper, Ed.D.
Program Manager
Professional Learning
Phone: 404-656-2638
 
Paulette Richmond, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Technical Assistance and Support
Phone: 404-656-6213
Email:prichmond@doe.k12.ga.us 

Samuel Taylor, Ph.D.
Program Manager
District Effectiveness
Phone: 404-657-7155
Email: staylor@doe.k12.ga.us 

Patty Rooks, Ed.D.
SIG/Turnaround Program Specialist
Phone: 404-675-4213
Email: prooks@doe.k12.ga.us  

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