Last updated April 5, 2020
Georgia teachers are working hard each day to provide continuity of learning for their students. GaDOE is working to ensure teachers are able to focus on their students and their own families, and removing as many other requirements as possible. Information in response to educators’ frequently asked questions is below.
MAKing UP missed DAYS
On March 16th, Superintendent Woods announced the suspension of attendance-related consequences (including CCRPI, TKES/LKES, Star Climate Rating, and make-up day requirements). Click here to read the full announcement.
Per State Board of Education rule, K-12 public schools are not required to make up days if the Governor declares a State of Emergency. By executive order, Governor Kemp has declared statewide school closures from March 16-31, 2020.
Per the Governor's Office, digital/distance learning can continue to take place. Minimal staff can continue to report in order to sustain core functions/services, such as providing food services and supporting digital/distance learning efforts.
Ultimately, the decisions on whether to make up days and when/how instruction continues are made by local school districts.
On March 16, Superintendent Woods suspended Teacher and leader evaluation (TKES/LKES) requirements and reporting for the remainder of the school year. Click here to read full announcement.
Data access in the online evaluation platform has been placed to 'Read Only'.
All TKES/LKES evaluations have been suspended for the remainder of 2019-2020 school year. In Governor Kemp’s executive order, it is ordered that the provisions of Code Section 20-2-210 relating to the Annual Performance Evaluation for Local Education Agencies shall be suspended through July 31, 2020.
salary & PAY
State and federal funding allocations will remain unchanged, covering the salaries of these funded positions for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Pay and salary decisions are ultimately made by each local school district. Human Resources and personnel decisions are made locally, not at the state level.
During this challenging time, Superintendent Woods calls on districts to continue to fully pay educators, school leaders, and support staff.
PREPARATION & CERTIFICATION
Certification and preparation falls under the purview of a separate state agency, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the anticipated impact to candidates enrolled in educator preparation programs, Georgia educators and educators arriving by reciprocity, local units of administration (LUAs), and educator preparation providers (EPPs).
role of high-stakes testing
On March 16th, Superintendent Woods State suspended the assessment window/administration (including Georgia Milestones EOGs and EOCs, the Georgia Alternate Assessment/GAA 2.0, and all other required testing (i.e. G-KIDS, EOPAs). GaDOE does not have any control or authority over the scheduling or administration of SAT, ACT, or AP exams.
On March 20th, USED 'approved' Georgia's statewide testing waiver.
State assessment scores will not be used as a component for the teacher or leader evaluations for the 2019-2020 school year.
Local school districts have the sole authority to require the completion and continuation of local assessments. However, Superintendent Woods calls on school districts to suspend local assessments, in line with recent federal and state actions to suspend high-stakes testing.
For more detailed information regarding testing, please see the Testing section.
SUPPORTS AND RESOURCES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING
From the Georgia Professional Standards Commission:
Should traditional (college/university) candidates’ abilities to complete the edTPA and GACE Content Assessment requirements be affected by extended school or testing site closures, additional time will be given.
GaPSC will issue a one year, Non-Renewable Induction Certificate to candidates scheduled to complete their initial teacher preparation programs in Spring 2020, who are not able to meet certification assessment requirements, provided their educator preparation providers (EPPs) enter a Spring 2020 date (e.g. 5/10/2020) in the Program Completion Date field in TPMS.
Those who are issued the one year, Non-Renewable Induction Certificate will have until June 30, 2021, to complete certification requirements. EPPs will need to continue to provide support or arrange for support of their candidates, as needed, to complete assessment requirements.
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Georgia Department of Education's COVID-19 Resources, Supports, and Guidance
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is working closely with the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GaDPH), and other agencies to ensure local school districts, parents, and students have the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). > Learn More