Georgia suspends school testing, teacher evaluation and attendance criteria

“It’s common sense: testing and accountability requirements should not place an additional burden on students, parents, and educators during this time," said State Superintendent Wood.

In response to the continuing COVID-19 health crisis and the closure of public schools, Georgia School Superintendent Richard Wood has announced that the state is suspending several testing, evaluation and attendance regulations


“Right now, 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,” Wood said in the March 16 press release. “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.”


Woods identified the following suspensions:


  • 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

  • State-level attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, School Climate Star Rating, and make-up day requirements)


Woods said that, at the State Board of Education meeting, which is scheduled for March 27 and will be conducted via teleconference, he would recommend approval of a package of waivers, including suspension of the 20-percent course grade requirement for the Georgia Milestones EOC.


“The Georgia 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,” Woods said.


FYI:

Additional Information: Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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