July Monthly Update


Financial Efficiency Star Ratings Released
 
On July 14, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) released the first Financial Efficiency Star Ratings (FESR). The goal of the star rating is to provide a comparison of district spending per student with overall academic performance.  The FESR is based on the district's three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score and the percentile of the three-year average per pupil expenditure (PPE). The FESR should be one measure that stakeholders evaluate in conjunction with all other information provided for each district.
 
This e-bulletin provides an overview of the FESR and presents summary information about this year’s rating.
 
Click here to read the full e-bulletin
 
Click here to read more about the FESR.

 
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.

Job Opportunities


Language and Literacy Specialist (West GA)

Research & Evaluation Intern
Growing Readers Program 2015-2016 End of Year Report
 
The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) released the end-of-year evaluation report for the Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Growing Readers Program (GRP) on July 20.  
The GRP is a K-3 literacy professional learning grant administered through the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The goal of the program is to increase the percentage of students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade by providing consistent, high-quality professional learning to teachers on effective reading instructional strategies.

Some of the key findings include:
  • All 16 RESAs successfully collaborated with one another to deliver universal professional learning on effective reading instructional practices to approximately 230 teachers in 61 schools.
  • Over 90% of program participants feel the Growing Readers Program is valuable to improving reading instruction practices.
  • Almost all teachers felt at least proficient in conferring with students, administering and using assessment data, and selecting targeted interventions by the end of the year.
  • The percentage of GRP students meeting national benchmarks grew from 39% to 45%.

Please click here to read the full 2015-2016 End-of-Year Report for the RESA Growing Readers Program.
 
Innovation in Teaching Spotlight
 
Jamie McFarland
Fall Trees and Apples
Rock Springs Elementary
 
The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and rewards Georgia Educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement. Jamie McFarland, a special education teacher at Rock Springs Elementary in Lawrenceville, integrates all subjects in her unit plan that targets IEP goals and academic standards. The plan centers on the theme of fall and apples and allows students to practice skills in communication, fine and gross motor skills, as well as adapted academic standards in all subject areas.

 
To view a video of this lesson, as well as the unit plan and other supplementary materials, please click here.
GOSA Announces Digital Learning Device Rural Grant Program

On July 21, GOSA announced a new grant program that will enable rural, high-need local education authorities (LEAs) to purchase mobile devices for instruction. The Digital Learning Device Rural Grant Program, administered through the Connections for Classrooms Grant Program, will award funding through a competitive application process prioritizing LEAs that are poised to implement digital learning but lack resources to purchase sufficient devices to fully leverage their network connectivity. Approximately $5 million in grants will be available in this round. 72 LEAs are eligible to apply.

The application deadline is October 25, 2016. Awards will be announced in January 2017.

Full grant program information, including the grant program guidelines, scoring rubric, application planning document, FAQs, and a list of eligible LEAs are available
 at this link.


 
As the state's P-20 education agency, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) strives to increase student achievement, school completion, and life opportunities for all Georgia students. GOSA provides policy support to the Governor and ultimately the citizens of Georgia through: 
  • Communicating meaningful education data to stakeholders;
  • Providing research support and data analysis on various education programs in Georgia to inform the Governor’s policy, budget, and legislative efforts;
  • Auditing education programs to ensure fidelity at the district and school-level to performance and accountability requirements; and
  • Identifying, supporting, and sustaining educational innovations that align with the Governor’s education priorities.


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