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 GaDOE Library Media Update - December 2016

Table of Contents

  • New State Board Rule Eliminates Some Test Requirements
  • Congratulations 2016 LMSOTY, Exemplary Program, and Grant Winners!
  • GALILEO News, December 2016
  • Second Annual Educate Georgia Summit
  • Explore the History of the Cherokee Nation
  • Worth Sharing
  • Going Social
  • GaDOE Media Mailing List

New State Board Rule Eliminates Some Test Requirements

In many dual-enrollment courses, students earning post-secondary credit can now ​exempt EOC

On November 3, 2016 the State Board of Education approved the State School Superintendent’s recommendation to eliminate End of Course tests for students in many dual enrollment courses, provided those students pass the course and receive college credit. 

With the exception of 9th Grade Literature and Composition, Algebra I, Coordinate Algebra, and Biology, students are now exempt from taking the Georgia Milestones End-of-Course assessment for a core subject course if they earn a post-secondary credit in that course through dual enrollment pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-149.2 or 20-2-161.3. 
Students must take the EOC in Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, Algebra I or Coordinate Algebra, and Biology due to federal laws that require assessments in math, ELA/reading, and science at least once in high school. All other high school EOCs can now be exempted for students in corresponding dual enrollment courses.

“We have consistently heard from parents, educators, and students about the issues associated with requiring an End-of-Course assessment for a college course, and we firmly agreed that a solution was needed,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We are confident that students receiving post-secondary credit from Georgia’s institutions of higher education have met and exceeded the requirements set forth in a high school course. Providing the opportunity to exempt the EOC in the majority of cases where students are receiving college credit is another step toward responsible accountability and a further reduction of the volume of assessment required of Georgia’s schools and students.” 
The rule amendment approved today includes language pursuant to Senate Bill 364 eliminating testing in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 in science and social studies. It also includes language pursuant to Senate Bill 364 that adds, subject to appropriations, formative assessments in reading and mathematics to grades one and two. This language refers to diagnostic assessments that help teachers assess students’ progress, not high-stakes assessments at the end of the year. 
“I fully supported Senator Lindsey Tippins’ bill, SB 364, because it reduces the number of state-mandated tests students have to take,” Superintendent Woods said. “With the passage of the testing rule today,  we have integrated the SB 364 language, eliminating testing requirements in grades 3, 4, 6, and 7 in science and social studies, freeing schools to focus on literacy and numeracy in the early grades, giving students a better foundation for success.”

Congratulations 2016 LMSOTY, Exemplary Program, and Grant Winners!

Recipients of the 2016 Judy Serritella Georgia Exemplary Library Media Program:

2016 Exemplary Award Winners
  • Susan Noland, Mulberry Elementary, Gwinnett County
  • Valerie Bryan & Renee Tehrani, Wheeler High School, Cobb County
2016 Exceptional Award Winners
  • Jennifer Bone & Brian Ragsdale, South Cobb High School, Cobb County
Library Media Specialist of the Year District Winners 2016-2017
  • East GA – Maggie Davis, Grovetown High, Columbia County
  • North Central GA – Jennifer Rice, Macedonia Elementary, Cherokee County
  • North GA – Rebecca Hamby, East Hall High, Hall County
  • Metro GA – Jan Wilson, Brookwood High, Gwinnett County
  • South Metro GA – Renee Wolfinger, Timber Ridge Elementary, Henry County
  • Southwest GA – Angle Perry, Norman Park Elementary, Colquitt County
  • West Central GA – Jan Carter, Columbus High, Muscogee County
  • South Central GA – Heather Morin, Pine Grove Middle, Lowndes County
  • Southeast GA – Kimberly Spivey, Midway Elementary, Pierce County
  • Middle GA – Adrienne T. Denson, Union Elementary, Bibb County
2016 GLMA Mable Wyche Underwood Grant Winners
  • The Jones Middle School Tinker Time Club
  • Maile Steimer
  • Jones Middle School
  • Gwinnett County
Encouraging the Maker in the Maker Movement
  • Ashley Sherman
  • Frey Elementary School
  • Cobb County

GALILEO News, December 2016

Catch up on what’s going on with GALILEO. The December newsletter includes information on FY16 annual usage reports, upcoming events, tips and tricks, database spotlights, and updates on content. Plus, Lucy Harrison, the new Executive Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor, shares a recap of her first six months and plans for the upcoming “Year of Visioning.”

Second Annual Educate Georgia Summit

The quality of education in our state has been a priority for many stakeholders as education is the cornerstone for a thriving economy. This platform is free of charge for attendees from all backgrounds to productively participate in building the future of education for our state.

On January 11-12, 2017, join state officials, educators, parents, business and community leaders at the Georgia State Capitol to dive into education policy and  build the future of education in Georgia.

This event is free and open to all!

Explore the History of the Cherokee Nation

Students can explore the Cherokee Nation virtual field trip as well as on the GPB app​. This virtual field trip affords an in-depth look at the lives of the Cherokee Indians, from their first encounters with Europeans to events, such as the Gold Rush and the signing of the Indian Removal Act by Andrew Jackson that led to their forced relocation to Indian Territory in 1838.

Worth Sharing

Going Social

GaDOE Media Mailing List

Want to share the GaDOE Media Updates with colleagues? Have them join the email mailing list by following the directions on this page​.

Thank you,

Tony Vlachakis
Educational Technologist 
Library/Media Liaison