August Monthly Update

GOSA Releases 2015-2016 Evaluation Reports for the Reading Mentors Program and YouScience

Reading Mentors Program
GOSA released the end-of-year evaluation report for the Reading Mentors Program: A Language and Literacy Partnership (RMP). The RMP is Governor Deal’s K-3 literacy professional learning program that aims to improve the efficacy of literacy instruction through comprehensive coaching support for teachers and leaders at participating schools. The goal of the RMP is to facilitate the change needed to strengthen instructional practices and increase the percentage of students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The RMP is a three-year program that currently serves 60 schools in 22 districts in Georgia.
Key findings from the 2015-2016 school year include:
  • Over 80% of participating coaches, administrators, and district staff feel very or extremely supported by LLSs and feel the RMP is very or extremely valuable to meeting literacy goals.
  • Approximately 60% of teacher survey respondents feel very or extremely supported by the LLS and feel the RMP is valuable.
  • The percentage of teachers who LLSs identified as proficient or exemplary in employing research-based, engaging instructional strategies (66%) and using assessment data to drive instruction (63%) increased by 37 percentage points from the beginning of the school year.
  • The percentage of all students meeting reading benchmark goals increased by three percentage points to 62% at the end of the year.
 To read the full report, click here.

GOSA also release the evaluation report for the YouScience Program.
 YouScience is an online career and personal planning discovery tool that enables teens and adults to identify their potential aptitudes and careers.  In an effort led by Senator Lindsey Tippins, state funds were appropriated for a pilot initiative to identify an online profile that would help Georgia high school students discover their aptitudes and apply those strengths to find direction for their pathway, college, and career choices. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) partnered with YouScience to provide 20,000 licenses to Georgia 10th graders in a representative sample of high schools around the state for the 2015-2016 school year. TCSG partnered with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) to administer and evaluate this pilot program.

Please click here to read the evaluation of the pilot program.

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)

Innovation in Teaching Spotlight:

Dr. Mohan Sadhasivan
The Cost of  College Education
Stockbridge High School

The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and awards Georgia educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement. In his project-based, high school mathematics unit, Dr. Sadhasivan, a math teacher at Stockbridge High School, helps students analyze the cost of a college education by using skills in algebra and statistics.

To view a video of this lesson, as well as the unit plan and other supplementary materials, please click here.

Directly Certified Data Available

GOSA published the percentage of students who are directly certified at the school and district level as downloadable data files.  Direct certification is one measure of student poverty. Directly certified students fall into at least one of the following categories:
  • Lives in a family unit receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamp benefits,
  • Lives in a family unit receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, or
  • Identified as homeless, unaccompanied youth, foster, or migrant.
Historically, student eligibility for free/reduced-price lunch (FRL) served as a commonly used measure for individual student/family income status. However, due to the recent expansion of the National School Lunch Program’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), FRL is no longer an accurate measure of student income status. 

To learn more about direct certification, click here.

To download the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 data files, click here.
GOSA Releases High School Graduates Outcomes Report

The High School Graduate Outcomes Report investigates relationships between college enrollment and other factors at the high school level. The report serves as a companion tool to the High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard, launched in January 2016, which allows users to drill down into the data from high school graduating classes between 2007 and 2014 and investigate where students enrolled in college, as well as the overall outcome of their enrollment.  Selected findings from the analysis of high school graduates between 2008 and 2010 include:
  • 70.3% of high school graduates enrolled in college within 12 months.
  • Of those high school graduates enrolling, 86.1% of students elected in-state colleges.
  • Only 30.3% of the students in this study completed a certificate or degree within five years.
  • 52.7% of high school graduates were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (FRL), but only 22.6% of degree completers five years later were FRL-eligible.
Click here to access the report and the downloadable data.

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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