Benchmark Minutes


Lakeview Middle School 

Title I

 Growth Math/Literacy 

(Digital & Home Distribution) Night




Ms. Newell the LMS Title I parent engagement coordinator sent home packets on February 15th, 2024

The packets included:

Parent letter (to return signed) or electronically signed with QR code
QR code to Smore with Growth/Benchmark/Milestone/I-ready math/Reading Plus information and informational videos (on parent letter) 
Student forms with Fall and Winter Benchmark scores with detailed information for the parents. 

Survey in presentation 
Informational handouts  

Lexile information 

Milestones Parent questions and answers

Reading Plus family guide

I-ready guide

Student Growth Model information

Sent in translated languages (Gujarati-Spanish-Vietnamese-Laotian (all the information above in the packets, scores,  and the Smore information can also be translated) Spanish videos and information were included in the Smore Newsletter for information 

Minutes will be available on the LMS website and can be translated by selecting the Lanugae at the right-hand top of the website. 

 The packets were placed into the teachers' mailboxes on 2/6/24 so the teachers could check to make sure they received all of their 7th-period packets. Students took packets home on February 15th, 2024. 

A Benchmark Survey was included with the signature page/form

QR codes are available to scan, and a text alert to the link of the GROWTH-BENCHMARKS Smore Newsletter this includes Videos, printables, and information about growth, i-Ready Math, Reading Plus, and Milestone testing information. The Benchmark information was also posted on the LMS website and social media.

Parents returned the benchmark letter or signed electronically scanning the code stating they reviewed the information, printables, videos,   the Milestone testing information, and links to resources. This information advocates parents to promote the importance of the i-Ready math and reading plus programs. The Title I Benchmarks advocates parent education on student benchmarks, growth of their student/s, and testing. 

Videos and information are below as minutes

Parent signatures are due 2/22/24


Measuring student achievement across time using the same students

What is the Georgia Growth School Model? 

The Georgia Growth Model (GSGM) is an initiative designed to provide students, parents, and educators with important information about student progress. 

Why focus on student growth?

A growth model will allow educators to move beyond status-based questions to ask critical growth-related questions.


•What percentage of students met the state standard?

•Did more students meet the state standard this year compared to last year?


•Did this student grow more or less than academically similar students?

•Are students growing as much in math as in reading?

•Are students on track to reach or exceed proficiency?

What are Student Growth Percentiles?

A student growth percentile (SGP) describes a student’s growth relative to other students statewide with similar prior achievement

–Calculations based solely on achievement

SGPs not only show how individual students are progressing, but they also can be aggregated to show how groups of students, schools, districts, and the state are progressing

What is the Georgia Student Growth Model? The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) is an exciting initiative designed to provide students, parents, educators, and the public with important information on student progress. Academic achievement only tells part of the story. The addition of student growth tells a more complete story about the academic performance of students. The GSGM provides important information on how well all students are progressing – whether or not they are currently meeting or exceeding academic expectations.

What are SGPs? Student growth percentiles (SGPs) describe the amount of growth a student has demonstrated relative to academically similar students from across the state. Growth percentiles range from 1 to 99, with lower percentiles indicating lower academic growth and higher percentiles indicating higher academic growth. With SGPs, all students – regardless of their prior achievement level – have the opportunity to demonstrate all levels of growth.

What Do I Need to Know?

Students are compared to other students across Georgia with the same achievement history.

 • Growth percentiles range from 1 to 99, with lower percentiles indicating lower academic growth and higher percentiles indicating higher academic growth. 

• All students, regardless of their prior achievement level, have the opportunity to demonstrate all levels of growth. 

• SGPs are utilized as one of multiple indicators in the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) and the Teacher and Leader Keys Effectiveness Systems (TKES and LKES).

Why Benchmark Testing? 

The purpose of the Georgia Student Assessment Program is to measure student achievement of the state-adopted content standards and inform efforts to improve teaching and learning.  Results of the assessment program are utilized to identify students failing to achieve mastery of content, to provide teachers with feedback about instructional practice, and to assist school districts in identifying strengths and weaknesses to establish priorities in planning educational programs. 

Progress Benchmarking: The first administration of InSight provides baseline performance

measures and a projected growth path. Mid-term and end-of-term administrations can be

used to benchmark and document changes in reading comprehension and vocabulary levels,

comprehension-based silent reading rates, and reading motivations. 

Reading Plus Platform Reading Plus Home Learning Guide for Families

Reading Plus is a personalized online program that helps students develop the skills they need to be confident, capable readers and lifelong learners. By using Reading Plus, your child will be able to read at a fluent rate with good comprehension. 

Reading Plus focuses on four key components of reading proficiency: vocabulary knowledge,

comprehension skills, reading efficiency (comprehension-based silent reading rate), and

reading motivation. Once early foundational skills have been established, an optimal approach

to fostering reading proficiency is to address these four components in an integrated fashion

so that they develop in concert.

Ready Georgia Mathematics

Ready Georgia Mathematics helps teachers create a rich classroom environment in which students at all levels become active, real-world problem solvers. Through teacher-led instruction, students develop mathematical reasoning, engage in discourse, and build strong mathematical habits. The program’s instructional framework supports educators as they strengthen their teaching practices and facilitates meaningful discourse that encourages all learners. Ready Georgia Mathematics:

Encourages students to develop a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts through the embedded Standards for Mathematical Practice
Builds on students’ prior knowledge with lessons that make connections within and across grade levels and directly address the major focus of the grade

Incorporates a classroom mathematics routine that promotes conversations and increases accessibility of mathematics for all students

Prepares students for the challenges of the Georgia Milestones with tasks and activities that have a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural skills, fluency, and application

Videos: I ready-Reading Plus-Growth

The Milestone testing information link was also included 

Links to these documents were available

Title I Handouts are located on the LMS Website In the Title I Tab 

Testing in Georgia

Components of a Title I Schoolwide

Georgia Standards of Excellence

How to Communicate with Your Child’s Teacher 

LMS Family Engagement Policy 

Catoosa County Family Engagement Policy 

Title I Family Compacts 

Annual Meeting Information

Input Card

Middle School Years 

Title I Budget 

Monthly Newsletters (Feathers Up News)
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