Governor's Office of Student Achievement

June 2015 Monthly Update

Innovation Fund Grant Opportunities

On June 8, 2015, GOSA released information about Fiscal Year 2016 Innovation Fund grant opportunities. The Innovation Fund supports local education agencies (LEAs) in planning, implementing, and scaling innovative education programs that advance student achievement throughout Georgia.  The fiscal year 2016 budget included state funding to provide new grant opportunities.  The funding priorities for these grants include the following:
  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education,
  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy Development
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models,
  • Teacher and Leader Development for High-Need Schools
Click here to learn more about these funding opportunities.

On July 8th and 9th, GOSA will host technical assistance days for all agencies interested in applying for an Innovation Fund grant.  To register for a technical assistance day, please click here.  The registration deadline has been extended to Thursday, July 2nd. 

Grant applications are due on September 3, 2015, and awards will be announced on October 5, 2015.
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.

E-bulletin: What Have We Learned from the Innovation Fund?

In 2010, Georgia created the Innovation Fund with $19.4 million from its four-year Race to the Top (RT3) federal grant. Administered through GOSA, the Innovation Fund has provided competitive grants to eligible organizations interested in planning, implementing, and scaling innovative education programs that advance student achievement throughout Georgia.

This e-bulletin summarizes two reports that GOSA used to evaluate the efforts of Innovation Fund grantees and disseminate data to the public: The Race to the Top Innovation Fund Report and the Social Return on Investment study.

Click here to read the full e-bulletin.

Updates to Interactive Education Data Map

GOSA’s Interactive Education Data Map now includes information from the 2013-14 school year.  The map includes district-level data on:
  • Student demographics
  • Standardized test performance
  • College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores
  • Community demographics
  • Student mobility
Neighborhood Nexus and Emory University's Center for Community Partnerships created this interactive map using Weave, an interactive mapping and visualization platform. 

To view the map, click here.
2015 Governor's Honors Program Begins

On June 22, 676 rising high school juniors and seniors arrived at Valdosta State University to begin the 2015 Governor’s Honors Program (GHP).  Administered by GOSA, GHP is a four-week residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students.  GHP has been in operation for 52 years. 

Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom.  It is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders. GHP will run through July 18.

Click here to learn more about GHP.

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