Governor's Office of Student Achievement

May 2015 Monthly Update

May E-Bulletin:
College Enrollment and Credit Completion Rates

Information on the number and percentage of students who graduate from high school is readily available, but much less is known about where those students end up after high school.  This e-bulletin examines post-secondary enrollment and credit completion rates of Georgia high school graduates over a three-year period.  The key findings are:
  • For the graduating classes of 2010 to 2012, approximately 75% of Georgia high school graduates enrolled in a post-secondary institution within 16 months of graduation.
  • For the graduating classes of 2008 to 2010, 63 to 66% of students who enrolled in a post-secondary institution completed 24 credit hours within their first two years.
  • Asian students exhibited the highest enrollment rate by race/ethnicity (88.2%). Asian students also had the highest credit completion rate at 82.3%.
  • The enrollment rate of female students significantly surpassed that of males. For the class of 2012, the female enrollment rate was 79.5%, compared to 68.6% for males. The gender gap was also apparent, though smaller, in credit completion rates, with females achieving a rate of 65.3%, compared to 60.6% for males.
  • Graduates receiving free or reduced-price lunch had enrollment rates (65.1%) and credit completion rates (50.5%) that are lower than the statewide average.  
The Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) strives to increase student achievement and school completion across Georgia through meaningful, transparent, and objective analysis and communication of statewide data. In addition, GOSA provides policy support to the Governor and, ultimately, to the citizens of Georgia.

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Reading Mentor Program Announces Request for Proposals

GOSA recently announced its Request for Proposals for the Reading Mentor Program. The Reading Mentor Program (RMP) is a three-year program for public schools that serve lower elementary grade students. The program is designed to work directly with teachers and school administrators to increase students' reading proficiency. 

Schools that previously received services under the initial RMP are eligible to apply.  Applications received by May 29 will receive priority.  Applications that are received by June 19 will be reviewed and served as resources allow.  Awards will be announced on June 30.

Click here to access the announcement and application instructions. 

Click here to access the technical assistance presentation.

Round 2 of CFC Grants Awarded

On May 5, Gov. Nathan Deal announced 136 local education authorities (LEAs) will be awarded more than $25.3 million from the second round of the Connections for Classrooms grant program, a collaborative funding effort between the GOSA, the Georgia Department of Education and the One Georgia Authority to help ensure classrooms across the state have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. These funds will enable the LEAs, which include 134 districts and two state charter schools, to receive as much as $90.9 million in federal E-Rate funds, making the total investment of $116.2 million in school and classroom network infrastructure.

Click here for a full list of Round 2 awards.

Click here for more information on the 2015 grants.
2013-14 IE2 Evaluation Results

The results of the 2013-14 Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) evaluation are now available on GOSA's website.  IE2 Partnership Contracts provide local school districts with greater governance flexibility as a means to increasing student achievement.  On an annual basis, GOSA monitors districts' progress toward meeting IE2 goals and reports the results to the State Board of Education. 

Three districts are included in this year’s evaluation:
  • Gwinnett County
  • Forsyth County
  • Rabun County
To view the evaluation reports, click here.

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