[gsis_admins] FW: GOFAR

  • From: Denise Epperson <denise.epperson@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:52:01 -0500

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


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*From:* Anthony Eitel <AEitel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*Date:* November 13, 2014 at 2:50:43 PM EST
*Subject:* *Georgia Online Formative Assessment Resource (GOFAR) Launch

(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
.  Please return any feedback using that form by sending it to:

User documentation has been developed to assist in the use of GOFAR.  The
following items can be found at:

·         User Guide

·         Quick Start Guides

·         GOFAR Introductory Webinar (October 2014)


·         Users may contact the GaDOE Help Desk at (800) 869-1011;


·         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)


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