In case, you didn’t receive the email regarding GOFAR. Denise Epperson Administrative Technology Griffin – Spalding County Schools 770-229-3710 x 315 FYI – GOFAR is now available to teachers, administrators, and CO staff in GSCS. Access by logging in to IC, click the SLDS link, and then click the “GOFAR” tab in SLDS. *From:* Hubert Bennett [mailto:HBennett@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *Sent:* Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:59 PM *To:* Hubert Bennett *Subject:* GOFAR Good evening, You may have already heard the below GOFAR news… Earlier today, someone at your system should have received the below email from the Assessment & Accountability office. Unfortunately, I am not sure who from your system might have received the email. Since your system is on the list of the first "wave" of systems getting access to GOFAR, I thought I would alert you. *Hubert Bennett, PhD* Implementation & Training Coordinator (LDS) Georgia Dept of Education 1962 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE Atlanta, GA 30334 (404) 576-2415 - Cell HBennett@xxxxxxxxxxxxx http://gadoe.org Follow us on Twitter: @gadoenews and @drjohnbarge Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gadoe http://slds.doe.k12.ga.us/Pages/Contact-and-Connect-with-SLDS.aspx *"Making Education Work for All Georgians"* ------------------------------- *From:* Anthony Eitel <AEitel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> *Date:* November 13, 2014 at 2:50:43 PM EST *To:* *Subject:* *Georgia Online Formative Assessment Resource (GOFAR) Launch Notice* (Courtesy Copy), We are pleased to share with you that your district’s access to the Georgia Online Formative Assessment Resource (GOFAR) will be available beginning Friday, November 14, 2014. Please note that system-level and school-level users may access GOFAR through the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). The student website may be accessed at https://gofar.gadoe.org/GOFARWeb. As you may recall, we discussed GOFAR in both our Fall Assessment Conference General Sessions in August 2014 and again during introductory webinars conducted in early October 2014. As discussed in these presentations, teachers and administrators may use GOFAR to develop formative and benchmark assessments aligned to the state-adopted content standards to assist in informing instruction. GOFAR is available through the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). We believe your schools will find it a helpful tool in support of their instructional efforts. It is important to share that we will continue loading remaining test items in the weeks following this launch. As a result, you will see the item bank continue to grow. Once these final loads are complete, the GaDOE Benchmarks and Framework Assessments will become available in GOFAR just as they are now in the Georgia Online Assessment System (OAS). Additionally, “generic” student tests – like those currently available through OAS – will be deployed through GOFAR in the coming weeks as well. While the OAS will remain fully available for your use through June 30, 2015, your district should plan to utilize GOFAR to some degree this year so that your staff and students are acquainted with this tool as you approach the 2015-2016 school year. The OAS will no longer be available after June 2015. Please note that we continue to seek feedback on GOFAR so that we can provide your schools and your students the best user experience. To that end, you will find a feedback form posted at http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Documents/GOFAR%20Feedback%20Template.xls . Please return any feedback using that form by sending it to: gofar.support@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. User documentation has been developed to assist in the use of GOFAR. The following items can be found at: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Assessment/Pages/Georgia-Online-Formative-Assessment-Resource.aspx . · User Guide · Quick Start Guides · GOFAR Introductory Webinar (October 2014) *FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT:* · Users may contact the GaDOE Help Desk at (800) 869-1011; HelpDesk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. *FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING GOFAR’S CONTENT AND OTHER GENERAL QUESTIONS:* · Users may contact Michael Huneke (404) 232-1208 or toll-free at (800) 634-4106; mhuneke@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. Thank you! - Tony __________ Anthony (Tony) Eitel Director, Assessment Administration Assessment & Accountability Georgia Department of Education 1554 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Drive, SE Atlanta, GA 30334 (404) 656-0478 (Voice) (800) 634-4106 (Voice - Toll Free) (770) 359-1378 (Fax) aeitel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx "Making Education Work for All Georgians"