Governor's Office of Student Achievement

GOSA Monthly Update

GOSA Releases Innovation in Teaching Resources

GOSA has released online videos, unit plans, and supplementary materials featuring this year’s winners of the Innovation in Teaching Competition. The Innovation in Teaching Competition began as part of Georgia’s Race to the Top plan to create and support highly-effective teachers. The competition has two main goals.  The first goal is to recognize and reward educators from across our state who are using innovative strategies in teaching state standards. The second goal is to make videos of the winning teachers, along with their unit plans and supplementary materials, available to all Georgia educators.

Videos, unit plans, and supplementary materials from winners of the Innovation in Teaching Competition are now available on  These resources represent a variety of grade levels and innovative strategies, from project-based and applied learning to differentiated small group instruction and creative classroom management techniques. All of the resources are real unit plans created by real teachers, and are designed to help teachers implement state standards in their classrooms.
New materials will be posted on throughout the 2014-15 school year, so check back soon for more resources.

Click here to view the videos, unit plans, and supplementary materials.

Click here to learn more about the Innovation in Teaching Competition.
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.

Nominate an Innovative Teacher!

Round 5 nominations for the Innovation in Teaching Competition are open through Oct. 9 for middle and high school teachers and special education teachers from all grades. 
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 to nominate a teacher. 

Click here for more information on the competition.

Gov. Deal Celebrates New REACH Scholars

On Sept. 24, Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal welcomed 109 middle school students and 14 high school students to the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia program, a needs-based scholarship launched by the Governor in 2012 and designed to promote academic success and expand access to higher education.  

The scholars, representing 23 school systems across the state, signed contracts for the 2014-2015 school year. These contracts require students to maintain a certain grade point average, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school. When these scholars graduate, they will receive up to a $10,000 scholarship to be used at a HOPE-eligible Georgia two- or four-year college.

Click here for the full press release.

Click here to learn more about the REACH Scholarship Program.

E-Bulletin: Georgia's New Standardized Test

During the 2014-15 school year, students in Georgia will take a new standardized test, Georgia Milestones, to assess academic achievement.  These tests replace the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs), End of Course Tests (EOCTs), and the writing assessments. 

This e-bulletin explains why the assessment system is changing, what the tests entail, and what this means for parents and education stakeholders in the state.

To read the full e-bulletin, click here.
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