Projects

ESSA Plan Development

Background

The SECC will assist GaDOE in the development of its ESSA plan to work collectively to increase student achievement throughout the state by looking at multiple indicators and meeting federal accountability requirements.

Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: |

SECC leadership staff members and a State Support Network staff member met with the chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to discuss progress on the work plan for Year 5, to identify GaDOE priorities for the coming year, and to identify Year 6 goals and expected outcomes for identified projects as well as discuss collaborations with other centers and regional educational laboratories that will leverage use of resources.

 

Previous Updates:

SECC leadership staff members and a State Support Network staff member met with the chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to discuss progress on the work plan for Year 5, to identify GaDOE priorities for the coming year, and to identify Year 6 goals and expected outcomes for identified projects as well as discuss collaborations with other centers and regional educational laboratories that will leverage use of resources.

This month, SECC staff scheduled the Year 6 planning meeting with Matt Jones at at the state education agency to take place on August 21.

Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, met with Matt Jones, GaDOE chief of staff, to review progress on the SECC Year 5 Work Plan on June 29. Among topics discussed included the Employability Skills Task Force recommendations presented to the State Board of Education, the GLRS survey report, the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy, the League of Innovators meeting, changes in department leadership, and priorities for the coming year. Jones is eager to begin the planning process for the coming year’s work with SECC leadership.

On May 8, the GLRS Survey Report was sent to Georgia Department of Education staff Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education; and Debbie Gay, associate superintendent of Federal Programs. And on May 10, Smith-Dixon shared the report with GLRS directors and will use the findings to discuss their work for the coming year. SECC will plan to meet with Smith-Dixon and her staff to identify next steps in addressing additional challenges identified in the initial planning meeting.

On April 28, SECC provided Zelphine Smith-Dixon, GaDOE director of Special Education, preliminary data from surveys from GLRS fiscal agents. And on April 30, SECC staff sent preliminary analysis of data from GLRS directors to Smith-Dixon to assist her team in preparing for meetings with GLRS centers. The summary report of all surveys is currently being prepared by SECC.

On March 14, SECC's Glenda Copeland met with GaDOE staff Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education; Kachelle White and Donna Flaherty, Special Education staff; and Debbie Gay, deputy superintendent of Federal Programs; to present preliminary data from surveys from special education directors. And on the following day, Copeland provided a map representing locations of feedback from around the state to Smith-Dixon to assist her team in analyzing data. Preliminary data analysis from GLRS directors and fiscal agents is being prepared currently. It was determined by the group that individual interviews would not be needed at this time.

On January 24, Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education at GaDOE, sent links to Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) directors, fiscal agents, and district special education coordinators across the state asking that they respond to surveys intended to collect data about the scope and availability of services. Reminder emails were sent February 1, and the surveys were ended on February 10. SECC staff are analyzing data from the surveys and preparing a preliminary report to be delivered by the end of February. 

On January 19, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison; and Erin McCann, AIR senior researcher; met with Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education at GaDOE, to review items for inclusion in surveys for directors and leaders in the GLRS system and county Special Education directors across Georgia. McCann developed survey formats and links for Smith-Dixon to include in her emails to identified participants.

On January 17, Copeland shared the final electronic files for the Every Student Succeeds Act Feedback from Stakeholder Groups Across Georgia report that summarizes common themes across the topics of Assessment, Accountability, Educator and Leader Development, Federal Programs to Promote School Improvement, and Education of the Whole Child. Also included in the report are common themes from eight regional sessions conducted by EducationFirst, individual sessions of Superintendent Woods’ five advisory groups and from the session held by the Southern Education Foundation for representatives of 18 member organizations in Georgia. The report can be found on the GaDOE website: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Pages/ESSA.aspx.

Staff continue to develop final summary reports. SECC’s Glenda Copeland and Erin McCann received proposed items to include in surveys for directors and leaders in the GLRS system from Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education. With assistance from Beth Howard-Brown, SECC director, they made suggested revisions to Smith-Dixon for development of the surveys. McCann is developing a sample format and survey construction to submit to Smith-Dixon for her input that will enable the surveys to be sent out in January 2017.

On November 28, SECC’s Glenda Copeland met with GaDOE staff Matt Jones, GaDOE chief of staff, and Matt Cardoza, chief communications officer, to present them with copies of the ESSA Feedback from Superintendent Richard Woods’ Advisory Groups summary report and to discuss requirements for the final summary report of all ESSA feedback received by the departments, including the eight regional sessions conducted by the Education First group and from the Southern Education Foundation meeting. One report will include summary recommendations from all groups for posting on the GaDOE website and copies for the writing committees that will include all comments received.

 

On November 28, Copeland and Erin McCann, AIR senior researcher, facilitated a meeting with GaDOE’s Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education; Kachelle White, Donna Ann Flaherty, and Kim Hartselle to discuss their examining the work of the various GLRS centers and determining a consistent role supporting Georgia’s SSIP plan. The team identified next steps and developed a timeline for completing the needs assessment and reports.

On October 11, Glenda Copeland, SECC Georgia state liaison, and Tara Zuber, AIR researcher, conducted a feedback session for 60 teachers to collect responses to questions from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) writing teams. SECC will provide individual reports of the feedback sessions to Matt Jones, Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) chief of staff, and the ESSA writing teams, and will provide a summary report from all sessions. On October 19, Beth Howard-Brown, SECC director, and Copeland, participated in a phone call with GaDOE staff members Deborah Gay, deputy superintendent for Federal Programs and Special Education; and Zelphine Smith-Dixon, director of Special Education; to discuss their interest in examining the work of the various Georgia Learning Resource System centers and determining a consistent role supporting the State Systemic Improvement Plan in Georgia. Smith-Dixon will determine participants from her group and contact Copeland to set a date to begin the process of surveying centers to collect useful data.