[gsis_admins] Re: SB 372 - unweight GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility

  • From: Denise Epperson <denise.epperson@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:08:58 -0500

Jesse and Anthony,



I think this example would be great to include in your email, just maybe
leave the county name out.  What does everyone think?



Denise Epperson

Administrative Technology

Griffin - Spalding County Schools

770-229-3710 x 315



*Fun Fact:  The average American online user spends 70 minutes a day
online.  Woohoo I'm above average!!!*



Disclaimer For Griffin Spalding County Schools "The information transmitted
is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may
contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review,
retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in
reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the
intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this message in error,
please contact the sender and delete the material from all computers."





*From:* gsis_admins-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:
gsis_admins-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Tarleton, Anna S
*Sent:* Monday, February 24, 2014 2:59 PM
*To:* gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* [gsis_admins] Re: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE
eligibility



I can add a real-life example. In Henry County, they wound up paying for a
kid's first year of college because the HOPE GPA that printed on their
local transcripts was not calculated like the GSFC. That is when they
removed it from their transcripts. The Student Services Director actually
found a Ford Foundation Scholarship to pay for it, but they would have been
paying it out of their pockets if she had not been able to do that.



Anna



*From:* gsis_admins-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [
mailto:gsis_admins-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <gsis_admins-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>] *On
Behalf Of *Denise Epperson
*Sent:* Monday, February 24, 2014 2:20 PM
*To:* gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* [gsis_admins] Re: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE
eligibility



This is what I came up for the governance board meeting.  I had Bob Lahl
send me his file layout to make it easier.  Anything else?



Streamlining the connection between GSFC and DOE through SLDS, this will
depend on GSFC conversion process.



1.       If SB 372 (requiring local school systems to calculate and provide
a GPA for grades 09-11 for HOPE eligibility) passes, we will need to have
some link between the districts to GSFC that is secure.  Or this could be
accomplished through the parent portal of the SLDS system.  We don't
believe there is any school system that is equipped or wants to put their
necks out to post a HOPE calculated GPA without it coming from GSFC.



2.       GSFC is removing their third party software; therefore, the link
would be direct to GSFC.



3.       The DOE already collect the information that GSFC collects with
minimal additional field.



4.        We could maintain the users and permissions in one place instead
of multiple places.



5.       We have to report bridge information to the DOE in SR for CCRPI.





Denise Epperson

Administrative Technology

Griffin - Spalding County Schools

770-229-3710 x 315



*Fun Fact:  The average American online user spends 70 minutes a day
online.  Woohoo I'm above average!!!*



Disclaimer For Griffin Spalding County Schools "The information transmitted
is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may
contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review,
retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in
reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the
intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this message in error,
please contact the sender and delete the material from all computers."





*From:* Denise Epperson [mailto:denise.epperson@xxxxxxxx]
*Sent:* Monday, February 24, 2014 9:26 AM
*To:* gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* FW: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility
*Importance:* High



Welcome back for most of you.  I know most have been on mid-winter break
and that is why I wasn't pushing this issue and a few other issues that we
as a board will need to look at together.



1.        For those not on the SLDS Governance board, just for your
information, we have a meeting coming up in March.  At this meeting, I have
requested time to discuss the DOE working with GSFC to transfer data
between them rather than having to upload to two different sites.  This
might be in vain, but it's worth a shot.



2.       I believe I have already forwarded you the information that Bob
Swiggum sent regarding SB 167.  If you did not receive it, it is attached.
It wouldn't hurt for the board to review the bill and outline concerns/give
suggestions and email committee members as soon as possible.  This will
need to be compared to FERPA and to see where it conflicts.  In fact, we
may want to see if Levette would be a ghost source by phone for us to keep
her from getting into any trouble.



3.       If you scroll to the bottom of this email on SB 372, you will see
where Josh Griffis would like us, as an organization, to address this bill
regarding the local school systems giving GPA's to determine HOPE
eligibility.  As we know, this would not be possible unless there was a way
for GSFC to give us this data.  But, as an individual school system giving
this data out, we are setting ourselves up for a lawsuit.





Carolyn, Anna and Priscilla, would you work on SB 167?  Jesse and Anthony
will you work on SB 372?  I would like everyone else to read both bills and
put in your two cents.  This is a group effort.  Please no slackers, this
is part of our job as board members and representatives of the counties of
Georgia.  Let try to have this finished and out by Friday if not sooner.



http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/SB/167



http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/SB/372









Denise Epperson

Administrative Technology

Griffin - Spalding County Schools

770-229-3710 x 315



*Fun Fact:  The average American online user spends 70 minutes a day
online.  Woohoo I'm above average!!!*



Disclaimer For Griffin Spalding County Schools "The information transmitted
is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may
contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review,
retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in
reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the
intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this message in error,
please contact the sender and delete the material from all computers."





*From:* Carolyn Oliver
[mailto:COliver@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<COliver@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>]

*Sent:* Monday, February 24, 2014 8:02 AM
*To:* Josh Griffis; Noralee Deason; jpeavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Priscilla
Willis; Anna Tarleton; Swaim, Anthony; Denise Epperson
*Subject:* RE: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility



Josh,



I agree that this would be a good item for the GSIS Advocacy Committee.
Our new president could pursue this.



Carolyn



*From:* Josh Griffis [mailto:josh.griffis@xxxxxxxx <josh.griffis@xxxxxxxx>]
*Sent:* Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:41 AM
*To:* Noralee Deason; Carolyn Oliver; jpeavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; Priscilla
Willis; Anna Tarleton; Swaim, Anthony; Denise Epperson
*Subject:* SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility



Check out this bill introduced in the Ga Senate requiring local school
systems to provide an unweighted GPA to each high school student at the
conclusion of each year "for the purposes of determining HOPE eligibility."



http://www.ciclt.net/sn/leg/l_detail2.aspx?ClientCode=gsba&L_ID=814907&L_State=ga&L_Session=2013-2014&L_Prior=2011-2012



I'm going to email my senator and the members of the Education & Youth
Committee (from my personal email) and request that the bill be revised or
eliminated since GSFC determines HOPE eligibility; not local school
systems.  Additionally, students can currently view their HOPE GPA on the
gacollege411 website so I wonder if the committee of senators even knows
that.  Perhaps GSIS could lobby the legislature and/or ask GSFC to contact
the legislature on this one as well.



Here is a list of the Education & Youth Committee:
http://www.senate.ga.gov/committees/en-US/Committee.aspx?Committee=120&Session=23



If the bill passes, we can always include the GPA on the end of year report
card to satisfy the requirement, but the GPA our SIS calculates is not the
same as the HOPE GPA so I'm concerned that it would increase calls to our
counselors with parents/students that thought they were HOPE eligible based
on a GPA on the report card.



Thanks,
Josh

Other related posts: