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SACS CASI Accreditation

GSD Earns SACS CASI Accreditation

Principal Leslie Jackson announced that the Georgia School for the Deaf earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED. This action was taken at the AdvancED Accreditation Commission meeting held in Tempe, Arizona on June 26, 2014.

SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.

“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Principal Leslie Jackson. “GSD is proud to have received full accreditation as recognition for our efforts to accomplish the GSD mission: All GSD students will graduate with a positive Deaf identity as bilinguals in American Sign Language and written English, and will be prepared to make successful life choices.”

GSD was rated on 5 standards with 33 indicators. The evaluation team evaluates the degree to which the school meets each indicator on a scale of 1 to 4. GSD’s average indicator score was a 3.75.

The evaluators also provide Powerful Practices for each school as well as Required Actions. GSD had 21 Powerful Practices noted, and only 2 required actions.

SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move from accredited school to accredited school but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.

Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, stated, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Georgia School for the Deaf is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”

Parents and interested community members can learn more about accreditation at GSD families can learn more about how accreditation benefits their students by clicking here.

About AdvancED and SACS CASI
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).

SACS CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary agency that accredits nearly 13,000 public and non-public institutions throughout the world.

Resources for Parents of Deaf-Blind Children

Deaf-Blindness Training Available Through Online Modules
The Georgia Sensory Assistance Project will be offering facilitated, on-line training using modules developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness. This training is appropriate for teachers, paraprofessionals and parents. The series covers one module per month for 8 months. For more information, please contact Martha Veto, GSAP Coordinator, at 478-751-4459 or via email at Download the registration form and list of sessions here.
Georgia Milestones

Georgia Announces New Testing System

June 4, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Education will implement a new testing system, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) during the 2014-2015 academic year. The new system will replace both the CRCT and the EOCT.

Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and will require more from students than the CRCT and EOCT it replaces, in order to better prepare students for college and career and to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress. A major benefit of the new system is that it is one consistent testing program across grades 3-12, whereas previously students took a series of individual tests.

The increased expectations for student learning reflected in Georgia Milestones may mean initially lower scores than the previous years’ CRCT or EOCT scores. That is to be expected and should bring Georgia’s tests in line with other indicators of how our students are performing, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said.

“We need to know that students are being prepared, not at a minimum-competency level but with rigorous, relevant education, to enter college, the workforce or the military at a level that makes them competitive with students from other states,” Dr. Barge said.

The new testing system will include open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. With some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accomodations, Georgia Milestones will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation, compared to 35 percent online administration of the EOCT in 2013-2014.

The State of Georgia awarded a bid on Wednesday, May 28 to CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop the new testing system. The award is for a $107.8-million, five-year contract.

 CLIP 2013-14
Documents from the July 1, 2013 meeting about the CLIP.