Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia

Dalton Public Schools School Improvement

Assessment & Accountability

Wiley Dailey, Deputy Superintendent

Robyn Scott, Coordinator for School Improvement & Data Analysis

State Assessments

The purpose of the Georgia Student Assessment Program is to measure student achievement of the state-adopted academic content standards and to use assessment results to improve teaching and learning. Results from the assessment program are utilized to identify the extent to which students have mastered the state's academic content standards, 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.

The Georgia Student Assessment Program includes a set of both formative and summative assessments that work together to provide insights to improve teaching and learning. Different stakeholders need different data – the right data – to meet their needs. For example, classroom teachers need detailed, real-time data to inform their work with students while leaders and policymakers need aggregated, high-level data to inform decisions about policy and instructional programs. This balanced approach to assessment provides data for a variety of stakeholders to inform decisions, whether at a policy, district, school, or classroom level to support the improvement of Dalton Public Schools’ education system.

Dalton’s balanced approach to assessment maintains a purposeful amount of accountability and insights on how Dalton's students are doing while also focusing time and resources on improving student learning at the classroom level during the school year.​


Local Assessments


Evaluation for School Improvement


Conducting Research in DPS 


Dalton Public Schools has established guidelines for the research approval process. Applications will be reviewed with respect to the district's goals and mission of ensuring success for each student. All research conducted in Dalton Public Schools must: 

  • protect the rights and privacy of staff, students, and parents/guardians 
  • not interfere with instructional time to the detriment of student learning 
  • support continuous school system improvement goals 

Applicants seeking to conduct research as a requirement for a master's or specialist’s thesis or doctoral dissertation should complete the "Application to Conduct Research" and submit these documents to the district for approval.  

Click here to access the documents