Governor's Office of Student Achievement

March 2014 Latest News Update

March E-Bulletin:
Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge

In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) with a $51.7 million grant to improve Georgia’s early learning programs.  The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) strives to increase access to quality early education, especially for students with high needs, and improve readiness for Kindergarten.  Because of its success in early education, Georgia was one of six states to receive a grant in the third round of the competition. Georgia will use the $51.7 million award to build and strengthen existing early learning programs.

This month's e-bulletin describes Georgia’s existing early learning programs and how DECAL and other participating agencies will use the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant to improve program quality, access, and outcomes for young learners.

To read the full e-bulletin, click this link.
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.

2013 Digital Learning Report Card Release

Digital Learning Now! recently released its 2013 Digital Learning Report Card, which grades states’ K-12 digital learning policies.  Georgia received a “B” (83%), compared to a national average of a “D+” (68%).   Georgia ranks 6th in the nation.

Georgia’s score was comprised of the following grades:
  • “A” in student access, personalized learning, and quality choices
  • “A-“ in quality content, quality instruction, and assessment and accountability
  • “B-“ in advancement
  • “D+” in student eligibility
  • “F” in funding and delivery
To access the report card, click here.

Nominations for Innovation in Teaching Competition

On Monday, April 7th, GOSA will open the nomination process for Round 4 of the Innovation in Teaching Competition, which is designed to highlight and reward innovative K-12 educators throughout the state. 

What does each winner receive?
  • $2,000 stipend
  • $5,000 grant to support his/her school's implementation of Georgia's instructional standards
  • GPB will film his/her classroom to accompany resources that will be made available to all teachers in the state
Click here for more information on the competition.
Employment Opportunities

GOSA is seeking applications for the following positions:

K-12 School Connectivity Grants Program Manager

Governor's Honors Program Instructor

Governor's Honors Program Resident Assistant

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