New Program Implemented In Georgia Schools

By: Emily Johnson
July 30, 2014

Thomasville, GA - We are now less than a week away from Thomas County and Thomasville City Schools being back in session. This year there will be some changes this year that parents can see.

Georgia Department of Education unveiled last week their new Student Growth Percentiles program. The SGPs in intended to evaluated several different areas in the classroom. Thomas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dusty Kornegay told us the new tool will be great for parents.

"Parents are always wanting to make the best choices for their children. I think it's a tool for parents to use as they look at how their individual child's school is performing," said Dr. Kornegay.

The SGPs model determines how much academic improvement a student has made compared to other students throughout the state. It also evaluates how effectiveness of the teacher and school.

"It really lets us see whether students have made a years worth of growth over the course of the school year. It gives more information on how much progress students are making during the academic year," said Dr. Kornegay.

The Georgia Department of Education has been working on the SGPs program for a number of years, but the 2014-2015 academic year is the first time the program will be implemented in schools. Dr. Kornegay told us it will take some time to adjust to the new system.

"It is in the early stages, we're still considering this to be kind of a pilot year," said Dr. Kornegay.

If you'd like to know more information about the Student Growth Percentiles you can visit the website: www.gsgm.gdoe.org.


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