Education: Floyd BOE called meeting today to discuss personnel. GHC to present virtual speaker series. State Superintendent makes changes to Milestones testing.

Education: Floyd BOE called meeting today to discuss personnel. GHC to present virtual speaker series. State Superintendent makes changes to Milestones testing.

Floyd County Board of Education

Today: Floyd County Board of Education will have a called board meeting at 3:15 pm. They will approve hiring of school bus drivers and then go into Executive Session to discuss personnel.  No action will be taken.

Georgia Highlands College (GHC) will present the virtual “Momentous Tuesday @ GHC Speaker Series,” beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. The three-week long series, which is free and open to the public, will feature local business owners discussing their businesses and the path to their chosen career. “This speaker series is a collaboration drawing from GHC’s annual Pathway Exploration event along with an opportunity to speak to local professionals about unique careers,” Librarian Jessica Osborne said.

Due to COVID-19, the in-person “Pathway Exploration” informational fairs will not be held this semester. Instead, GHC faculty will be available to address questions and discuss education pathways and career options during the “Momentous Tuesday” events. The speakers for the series work in a variety of different fields, ranging from photography and live-event painting to environmental preservation and a plant-based food service. Speakers will include representatives from businesses such as Rooted in the Loop, Cindy Harter Photography, IAmNotMaggie, Big Door Vineyards, Kris Lavender Wedding & Event Planning, Pettit Environmental Preserve and Pumpkinvine Gardens.

The series will be held Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 at 1PM at the following link using the password “Business”:

State School Superintendent Richard Woods makes changes and recommendations to reduce the pressure of high-stakes testing in Georgia for 2020-21 school year. 

Below are immediate actions the Georgia Department of Education is taking to address the high-stakes impact of the Georgia Milestones assessment in the 2020-21 school year:

  • Recommending lowering the 20% EOC course grade weight. At the October 1 State Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Woods will recommend that the current EOC 20% course grade weight be lowered to 0.01% (essentially zero – the weight cannot be zero due to state law) for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Waiving promotion/retention consequences tied to Georgia Milestones. Effective immediately, it is the official directive of the Georgia Department of Education that school districts with flexibility contracts (Charter System or Strategic Waiver School System) use input from teachers and parents, placement committees, class performance, and formative tools to determine the need to promote or retain their students at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Student promotion/retention decisions should not be based on 2020-21 performance on the Georgia Milestones tests.
  • Providing flexible options for administering the 2020 winter End-of-Course assessments. Districts are given the flexibility to assess students during the winter mid-month or spring administration windows, as needed, to ensure a more appropriate amount of instructional time is available prior to the administration of the EOC. Districts can also request extending their local testing window later in the school day to include afternoon and evening testing sessions and/or utilize a compressed testing schedule due to the updated Georgia Milestones test design, which includes a significant decrease in student testing time.

To ensure districts have the tools to gauge student learning and potential learning loss as a result of the pandemic, GaDOE is providing access to BEACON, a formative assessment tool, at no cost to every Georgia school district. Formative assessments are diagnostic and non-high-stakes and are designed to monitor student learning and plan instruction, rather than to report out results for accountability purpose. Use of BEACON is not required but will allow districts to assess student performance and identify gaps as a result of the COVID-19 school closures.

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