Project: Year 7 2018–2019

Georgia ESSA Support

As part of "Educating Georgia's Future," the Georgia Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is focusing on building the knowledge and skills of its staff to support implementation of strategies by local education agencies (LEAs). The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is providing technical assistance, facilitation, and training to support this process.

Technical Assistance Approach

The SECC is serving as a thought partner in assisting GaDOE in identifying strategies to support effective use of the state comprehensive needs assessment and equitable practices with LEAs to improve implementation of ESSA plans.

Impact
  • Increased knowledge and skills in GaDOE to support implementation of ESSA plans in districts and schools 
  • Increased organizational structures and processes in GaDOE to identify gaps in services to LEAs to support equitable practices and continuous improvement processes
Project State(s)

Project Updates

Most Recent Update: 2019 | August

It was determined that the research available does not support utilizing community schools or wrap-around services as effective strategies and summaries would not be useful. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) leadership has determined they will need to go in a different direction with awarding additional 1003 monies.

 

Previous Updates:

It was determined that the research available does not support utilizing community schools or wrap-around services as effective strategies and summaries would not be useful. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) leadership has determined they will need to go in a different direction with awarding additional 1003 monies.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff are conducting reviews of research to provide guidance on evidence-based strategies that can be shared by Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) leadership to support awarding 1003 funds to schools utilizing support wraparound services.

Additionally, Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff are conducting reviews of research to provide guidance on evidence-based strategies that can be shared by Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) leadership to support awarding 1003 funds to schools utilizing support wraparound services.

The Chief of Staff and Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) steering committee identified items for review and feedback from Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) experts. Additionally, SECC staff will provide research on evidence-based strategies to support awarding 1003 funds to schools to support wraparound services. 

The Chief of Staff and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) steering committee are identifying items for review and feedback from experts with the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC). During the month of June, SECC will provide review and feedback on documents submitted by GaDOE.

The Southeast Comprehensive (SECC) continued providing publications, guidance, and research on selecting evidence-based interventions. On next month, SECC will identify staff to review materials developed by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to support selecting evidence-based interventions.

Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) staff arranged to hold a conversation with database development leaders in Ohio. However, the chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Education determined that at this time they were working on documents related to their review process and felt the time was better devoted to completing that task. They would like to take advantage of SECC providing a review and feedback on that work. During the month of May, SECC will continue to provide publications, guidance, and research on the selection of evidence-based interventions.

A consultation call was held with the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) director, state liaison, State Support Network (SSN) technical assistance (TA) consultant, and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) chief of staff and federal programs associate superintendent. The SSN member shared work completed with other states and resources developed by the network.

The next step is establishing a conversation with individuals in states that are further along in the process of developing guidance on selecting evidence-based strategies.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) director and Georgia state liaison met with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) chief of staff to review Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) support in Georgia. The primary need identified by the chief of staff was development of a resource (searchable database) to identify evidence-based strategies that meet the requirements of ESSA and to provide consistent understanding by the various divisions of GaDOE providing feedback to local education agencies and schools regarding their comprehensive improvement plans. SECC contacted resources from the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL Southeast) and the State Support Network (SSN) to identify experts who are working on similar needs nationally.

In the month of February, the Georgia state liaison will establish a consultation call with the contact from SSN, SECC, and the GaDOE chief of staff.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) contacted the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to set a meeting date to review Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) support in Georgia. The team was unable to schedule a time in December.

In January 2019, SECC will contact the GaDOE chief of Staff to set a meeting date to review ESSA support in Georgia.

SECC staff will schedule a meeting with the Georgia Department of Education’s chief of staff to discuss next steps in surveying divisions involved in the Comprehensive Needs Assessment process to determine areas of the process needing adjustment.

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) discussed a plan to convene key division leaders to identify challenges in providing support to local education agencies (LEAs) in implementing the continuous improvement process with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) chief of staff. The SECC Georgia state liaison also contacted leaders selected to participate in SECC’s Equity Summit.