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Have a safe and happy summer!  Meet the Teacher is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1 from 4:30-6:30.  Hope to see you there!   Classes resume on Thursday, August 3, 2017
MES Motto
We have the power to Learn, to Lead, and to Succeed!! Expect Success!     
Mastering common core standards and problem solving skills to Engage, encourage, and enrich learning by Nurturing civic pride and community service to become Lifelong learners who can adapt to future challenges and Operate as productive, contributing citizens in the 21st century.
What is a SGP? What is a SLO? What are Georgia Milestones? These
acronyms and titles represent changes that have already begun altering the landscape of assessment practices across the state of Georgia.
 
First, Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) are measures of student progress on state-mandated assessments. A growth percentile is generated for each student which describes his or her“rank”
on current achievement relative to other students with similar score histories.  A growth percentile can range from 1 to 99.  Lower percentiles indicate lower academic achievement growth and higher percentiles indicate higher academic growth. Given their child had two prior scores on state-mandated assessments, parents received a Student Growth Percentile report for
the first time in March of the 2013-2014 school year. 
 
While SGPs are calculated for students in tested subjects (grades and courses which administer
state-mandated assessments), Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are growth measures for students who are in non-tested courses. The primary purpose of SLOs, like SGPs, is to improve student achievement at the classroom level. An equally important purpose of SLOs is to provide
evidence of each teacher’s instructional impact on student learning. The process of setting 
and using SLOs requires teachers to use assessments to measure student growth. This allows teachers to plan for student success by ensuring that every minute of instruction is moving students, teachers, and schools toward the common vision of exemplary instruction and high levels of student academic growth.  At MES, students in grades K-3, Art, Health and PE, and Agriculture were administered an SLO at the beginning of this school year to establish a baseline.  The students will be administered the SLO again towards the March/April of 2015 to measure student growth and academic achievement of standards.
 
Lastly, beginning this school year Georgia will launch a new comprehensive assessment system. Georgia Milestones will span grades three through high school and consist of summative assessments in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 – 8 will take an end-of-grade (EOG) assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course (EOC) assessment for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education. Some unique features of Georgia’s new assessment system include:
• inclusion of open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all 
grades and courses);
• inclusion of a writing component (in response to text) at every grade level and course within the language arts assessment;
• inclusion of norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
• transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-pencil back-up until transition is completed.
 
Georgia Milestones will replace the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in grades 3-8, End of Course Tests (EOCT) in middle and high school, and Writing Assessments in grades 3, 5, and 8.  The Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) will be administered in September 2014.
 
In an effort to bring greater focus to instruction and assessment in Chattooga County, 
administrators and teachers began participating in ongoing professional development regarding performance-based instruction, learning, and assessment. In Chattooga County, we desire to enhance performance-based teaching and student evidence of learning in all classrooms; we also seek to ensure the instructional rigor required for all students to be college and career ready. Performance-based instruction will not only improve student understanding and 
knowledge, it will also create gains in performance on all measures of achievement 
and progress. 
 
For more information on these new assessment changes visit the 
Georgia Department of Education at www.gadoe.orgwww.gadoe.org or the National PTA guide providing further explanation of the new Georgia Milestones End Of Grade assessment to be administered this upcoming spring 2015 in Georgia,
http://www.pta.org/files/Advocacy/CCSSIToolkit/Common%20Core%20State%20Standards%20Resources/Assessments%20Resouces/PTA_GA_6PG_17DEC13_FINAL.pdf
 
 
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