Governor's Office of Student Achievement

May 2014 Latest News Update

Connections for Classrooms Grant Program

On June 16, 2014, GOSA will open the application process for the Connections for Classrooms Grant Program.  The program joins multiple state agencies around the common goal of ensuring Georgia schools and classrooms have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning.  The program combines money from the following two fund sources:
  • $14 million in bond funds from the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)
  • $25 million in funds from the One Georgia Authority at the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). GOSA will manage the funds.
The program is part of a broader statewide effort to expand classroom high-speed broadband access in response to Governor Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force recommendations as well as the GaDOE’s efforts to enable personalized learning for Georgia students.

The effort includes expanding the University System of Georgia’s (USG) PeachNet network to connect every Georgia local educational agency (LEA) to its high-speed network. The partnership between USG and GaDOE will ensure that all district central offices have 100 megabits per second per school of bandwidth by July 2015.

Connections for Classrooms broadens this expansion to ensure that schools have sufficient network infrastructure to effectively utilize the increased bandwidth at the classroom level.  

For more information on the grant program, click here.

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.

May E-Bulletin: Mapping Trends in Georgia’s Student Population 

This month’s e-bulletin examines the changes in the composition of students in Georgia's public schools over the past ten years and uses maps to illustrate these trends at the district level. 

In addition to other demographic shifts, the-bulletin finds that far more students qualified for free/reduced-price lunch in 2012-13 than in 2003-04 and the number of Hispanic students more than doubled over the past 10 years.  These trends are important to consider as educators seek to meet the changing needs of Georgia's students.

Click here to access the full e-bulletin.
State Budget Increases Investment in Education

Gov. Deal signed into law the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which takes effect July 1 and includes the largest single year increase in K-12 funding in seven years. 

The budget also includes $5 million for GOSA’s Innovation Fund, which provides competitive grants to support the establishment and deepening of partnerships between Georgia local education authorities (LEAs) or charter schools, institutions of higher education (IHEs), businesses and non-profit organizations to advance the applied learning and academic achievement of Georgia’s K-12 students.

GOSA will announce its plans for the next round of Innovation Fund grants this summer.

To learn more about the Innovation Fund, click here.

To read the full release, click here.

2013 State of Preschool Yearbook Released

On May 14, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released the 2013 State Preschool Yearbook.  This yearbook provides information on funding, enrollment, and quality standards of state-funded Pre-K.  Georgia earned the following rankings and benchmarks:
  • 8th in access for 4-year-olds
  • 28th in state spending
  • 8 out of 10 quality benchmarks, which track state progress in quality standards
To access the full-report, click here.

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