The Division of School and District Effectiveness (SDE) provides a statewide system of supports and processes for school and district improvement. Our work is to engage with and support schools and districts in their improvement efforts, providing helpful tools, resources, and professional learning. SDE collaborates with other divisions within the Georgia Department of Education as well as external agencies such as the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS), and colleges and universities to provide school and district support. While SDE works with all Georgia schools and districts, the primary focus is on schools identified as needing comprehensive or targeted support and improvement.
What we envision for Georgia’s future: Quality leadership resulting in effective instruction and learning for all students in every Georgia region, district, school, and classroom.
Our Strategy: To provide a superior system of statewide support to districts and schools in Georgia to advance school improvement efforts that positively influence student learning.
Our role in getting to the future we envision: To increase collective leadership capacity to understand what effective schools and districts know and do, and to support the leaders to own their improvement work on organizational systems.
Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement
The Georgia Department of Education’s strategic plan emphasizes transforming the agency into one that provides meaningful support to schools and districts. The agency has developed a common, continuous improvement framework to ensure that these efforts are aligned across all agency divisions, departments, and programs. The Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement framework focuses on the systems and structures (the “what”) that must be in place for sustained improvement in student outcomes. It also utilizes a problem-solving model (the “how”) to provide a clear process for identifying improvement needs, planning for improvement, and implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the improvement efforts.