Counselor Companion was designed for Counselors, by Counselors. This new tool will benefit counselors by:
- Providing easy access to a variety of counseling resources.
- Allowing counselors to monitor all students’ progress on their career steps.
- Eliminating the need for usernames and passwords to login to GCIS.
- Eliminating the need to create “My Portfolios” for new students.
- Allowing students to access their historical GCIS “My Portfolios” information.
- Eliminating the need to transfer students’ portfolios when they change schools and/or districts.
- Eliminating duplicate student accounts since the portfolio will now be tied to the student’s unique GTID.
SLDS is glad to announce 2017 Milestones results can be found inside of SLDS. Educators across the state can see the previous year's Milestones earlier than ever before. District and School Administrators can see the results in the Historical Dashboard and the Operational Dashboard. Teachers can see their current students' results from last year on the Teacher's Dashboard. In addition, parents are able to see the results for their child on the SLDS Parent Portal.
*Other 2017 Assessments that have already been imported into SLDS - ACCESS, GKIDS, Pre-K, and Headstart results.
As always, SLDS is trying to find ways to provide more timely data to the fistricts around the state. With that in mind, the SLDS Team has developed a process that will allow districts to "release" their preliminary data to be seen within SLDS as early as the district desires. This process should be available for the Winter EOC. More information will be released later in the fall.
I wanted to make sure you are aware of some new resources available to your teachers. Our team worked directly with Georgia educators to completely redesign and enhance the Teacher Resource Link available through the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). Below is information you can share with your teachers and others within your system who may be interested. Click here
for a printable flyer.
The redesigned Teacher Resource Link is Georgia’s one-stop shop for teachers, with user-friendly search options and more than 28,000 resources categorized by grade-level standards. The new site features an Essential Toolkit for teachers along with curriculum maps, frameworks, glossaries, teacher guidance and downloadable resources. Please note that there are resources for all grade levels, and we are excited to roll out the Essential Toolkit for K-5 ELA and math resources now. Further updates for other subjects and high school are currently in development.
The new site features a cleaner design and a simple user interface, allowing you to build a “shopping cart” of downloadable resources to save, store, and share. You can sort by grade level and resource type, and new advanced search options make it easier to find documents. The redesigned TRL can be a powerful tool for your classroom, providing coherent instructional resources aligned with state standards.
To access these resources, click on the “TRL” tab within the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).
Thank you for sharing these resources, and best wishes as the new school year begins!
State School Superintendent
The Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) is designed to help districts, schools, and teachers make informed, data-driven decisions to improve student learning. SLDS is a free application that is accessed via a link in the district’s Student Information System (SIS). SLDS provides districts, schools, and teachers with access to historical data, including Assessments, Attendance, Enrollment, Courses, that help Identify students' academic strengths and weaknesses, Increase student achievement and close achievement gaps, identify and address potential recurring impediments to student learning, e.g., problems with attendance or difficulty in mastering prerequisite knowledge or skills, before they negatively affect student success.