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July 17, 2017

MAC Hosts Better Standards Coalition Working Session

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The Metro Atlanta Chamber hosted the Better Standards Coalition in a working session to discuss Georgia Draft plan to implement Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  An in-depth look at schools, student accountability, and our state’s school grading system with recommendations from panelist and audience members. 

Presenting at the conference were:

MAC Director of Education Policy Tim Cairl moderated the panel.

A recurring topic for the panel was how Georgia will break down the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), and how it measures up to other state plans that have been drafted.  

The panelists spoke about the pros and cons of the CCRPI Index and how it will measure standards under the ESSA Act. One of the biggest questions was measuring individual performance groups under the CCRPI.  The concern was that there may be variations due to differences in school subgroups.    

The conversation touched on identifying priority schools and closing achievement gaps under Georgia’s plan that align with state and federal guidelines. 

ExcellinEd offered some recommendations for Georgia:

1) Enact A-F grading system 
2) Measure achievement base on percent of student proficiency, rather than an achievement index
3) Measure achievement based proficiency advancement versus peer to peer
4) Strengthen criteria for identifying targeted support schools, and increase the rigor of exit criteria.
5) Intervention and support

The day closed with a group discussion and an overview and comparison of school achievement data from Collaborative for Student Success. 
For a complete look at Georgia’s ESSA plan and more details on our state process, click here

The Better Standards coalition is directed by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and represents thousands of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, school boards, employers, community leaders and others who support higher standards in Georgia.  Members meet regularly to coordinate the education of their stakeholders on this critical issue and conduct outreach to policymakers and the public.  For more information on Better Standards Georgia, click here.