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November 2019

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Growth Model 2019 Results
The 2019 Growth Model data is now inside of SLDS- when users click on the Growth Model tab on the blue menu bar, they will notice that the default is now showing "Year: 2019".

School and District Administrators can find the "Student Growth Percentile" reports from the Historical Dashboard and the Operational Dashboard tabs.

Teachers and Administrators can find individual student's growth data on each "Student Profile" page.

Parents and students can see the growth data from the “Performance” tile in the Parent/Student Portal.

Teachers, don't forget about your NEW Home Page. You can see a comprehensive report of all of your current students' growth data from the "Student Growth Percentiles" tile, and you can see the "green bubbles" by clicking on the "Growth Model" tile.

Changes to EL Screener & Gifted Eligibility
Changes have been made to make the forms more user-friendly.

District Administrators (that have either EL or Gifted) can now edit forms even AFTER the form has been approved. Click on the Admin Edit Guide to get more information.

Summary Dashboard reports have changed. Now a user can create a report for any & all current students within their school (or district).

Michele Fowler-Wood, Kindergarten Teacher from Jackson Road Elementary School (Griffin-Spalding County School System) shared this in her post-training survey:

"Last week, I attended SLDS training with my team and admin. As we explored the website [SLDS], I found some information that Infinite Campus did not have on a particular student that was important. That discovery prompted us to investigate further and request records that were not received when the student enrolled. Access to student information that is offered by SLDS is vital, especially for students who are transient. I am thankful that my administration thought it was important to reach out to the DOE and to provide us with quality training on this website. "

Dr. Brandon Carter, former school principal, now at OKRESA in the area of School Accountability and Leadership, shared this via email:

"I recently had the opportunity to attend a SLDS training at Jeff Davis Elementary School. I left the training with what I thought was a gold mine of information. The SLDS trainer modeled differentiated strategies as she surveyed the class prior to instruction and then tailored the delivery model and information to each session she facilitated. As a former principal of 10 years, I prided myself in removing instructional barriers for teachers to be successful at their job. I am a firm believer that SLDS training and targeted sessions will help any educator eclipse barriers of his or her job. After Labor Day, teachers are about to experience a new very user friendly platform. The new design made me happy for teachers to experience a more specific and immediate application process while in SLDS. The detailed information and potential impacts of the data within the platform are important for administrators to realize it is even there. From the Lexile charts that are organized by CCRPI stretch bands and midpoints to the available exports that could be used as TKES / LKES documentation, the possibilities for effective and efficient use of data are numerous. I am definitely excited about future training opportunities regarding targeted SLDS sessions and information."


Brian Sirmans, Instructional Lead Teacher at Lanier County Middle/High School, Chairman- Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Council for the Social Studies, shared this after attending an SLDS training session:

“In our current state of education, understanding data is critical to helping teachers modify and tailor instructional strategies to meet the individual needs of their students. Mrs. Hinckley’s training Differentiation Based on Data provided our teachers with the necessary resources to track student Lexile scores and compare them with current local district assessments to monitor and promote academic growth. One of the most critical tools we learned was how SLDS provides Georgia Milestones data, broken down by content domain standard, to help our teachers adjust instructional practices in specific areas that need remediation or enrichment. SLDS has become a vital tool to help our teachers improve student success and to provide a bright and promising future for our school and community.

Training Center for Parents in Spanish 
After the successful launch of the Training Center for Parents at the beginning of the school year, there were numerous requests for a Spanish version- so the SLDS Training Team has developed a "Training Center for Parents" now in Spanish. This is a place where Spanish speaking parents and students can go online to review user guides in Spanish for the various tiles (applications) that are now available to them. This will definitely boost "Family Engagement."

On the right is an image of the Spanish version of the "Parent Flyer" (info-graphic). This flyer can be printed (8.5 x 11) and shared however the educator feels will it be beneficial.

Reminder- We've developed a training module that districts and school administrators can schedule, where an SLDS trainer will come in and work with their staff to help the educators find the resources they can share with parents and students.

We Want Your Ideas
Over the past year, we have heard many great ideas from your fellow educators. Please consider sharing your ideas by posting to your favorite social media and using the #MyGaSLDS.

If you would prefer sharing your idea(s) directly to us, simply send them via email to

Free Training Opportunities
The Georgia Department of Education's SLDS training team provides training on all components of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) free of charge to any Georgia public school. Each session is tailored to suit the audience in attendance and the allotted timeframe provided by school or system level personnel. All sessions are designed to be "hands-on" so attendees should have access to computers during the sessions. Once a training request is received through email or the Training Request Form, a GaDOE trainer will reach out to the requester to discuss training options to meet the needs of the school or system.

Click here for a full description of each of the training options listed below.
Teacher Training Series -
7 Sessions (35-50 Minutes each)

●Data Overview
●TRL Overview
●TRL Workshop
●Lexile-Reading Comprehension
●Social Data- Attendance, Enrollment, and Course Grades
●Assessment Data
●Differentiation Based on Data
In addition we offer:
●Teacher Refresher
●SLDS Parent Portal for Educators
Administrator Training
●Basic Administrator Training (120 Minutes)
●Extended Administrator Training (120 Minutes)
●IIS Data Analysis Tool (120 Minutes)
●Gifted Eligibility Form (60-90 Minutes)
●EL Form (60-90 Minutes)
●Learning Object Repository In-Depth Training (90-120 Minutes)
Customized options for training can be arranged based on the needs of individual schools or systems. Trainers can be scheduled to provide multiple types of the trainings described above over the course of one day. For example, we can arrange an administrator training in the morning and a teacher training in the afternoon.
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