16, 2020 – As the
COVID-19 outbreak continues and many public schools are closed to ensure the
safety of students and staff, State School Superintendent Richard Woods is
suspending the following until further notice:
- State assessment
window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia
Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing
- Teacher and leader
evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting
attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate
Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)
schools’ focus needs to be on the safety of their students and staff,”
Superintendent Woods said. “The focus should be first and foremost on health
and safety, then on flexible and creative ways to keep learning and growing.
It’s common sense: testing and accountability requirements should not place an
additional burden on students, parents, and educators during this time, and
they will not in Georgia.”
State Board of Education meeting on March 27 (which will be conducted via
teleconference), Superintendent Woods will recommend the approval of a package
of waivers, including suspension of the 20% course grade requirement for the
Georgia Milestones EOC.
Department of Education will seek the maximum authority and waivers afforded by
the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to accommodate this
ever-evolving situation. Click
here for the most recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education
regarding assessment and accountability during the COVID-19 outbreak.
announced that Georgia received waivers from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to extend meal service flexibility, allowing schools to serve
students’ meals through USDA-approved meal service options at state-approved
sites within the community – similar to the way schools and districts offer
student meals during the summer months. As of Monday morning, 102 school
district applications had been approved by GaDOE’s school nutrition staff.
Please check local school district websites and social media sources for
information on how to access local sites.
to post updated information, including student learning resources and a
tracking tool for school closures, to gadoe.org/coronavirus.
the Department wishes to thank Governor Kemp and his staff for their leadership
and partnership, along with dedicated district and school leaders, educators,
parents, and students who are coming together and working hard to ensure
Georgia’s students are safe and well during the COVID-19 outbreak.