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.
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.
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.
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.
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.