Governor's Office of Student Achievement

December 2014 Monthly Update

Innovation Fund Grant Award Winners

On December 15, 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal announced 18 Innovation Fund grant award winners.  The Innovation Fund is a competitive grant program that supports local education authorities (LEAs), schools, institutions of higher education (IHE’s), and nonprofit organizations in planning, implementing and scaling innovative programs.  The 18 grants focused on planning, implementing or scaling programs aligned with the following priority areas:
  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, 
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models, and
  • Teacher and Leader Induction and Development.
Click here to view a list of the winning grant proposals.
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.


December E-Bulletin: GHP Strategic Plan

Each summer, some of Georgia’s best and brightest high school students attend the Governor’s Honors Program (GHP), a four-week residential program designed to provide talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.  Last year, GOSA launched a strategic planning process to ensure that GHP remains a model for secondary gifted and talented education in our state for another half-century.  To provide assistance in collecting and analyzing data, GOSA engaged the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG). 

This month's e-bulletin summarizes the findings of the CVIOG report and lists the steps GOSA is taking to ensure that GHP is a sustainable model of secondary gifted instruction for Georgia’s brightest and most creative students.

To read the full e-bulletin, click here.
Analysis of Schools Removed from the Lowest-Achieving Schools List

GOSA recently published an analysis on the progress of schools that were removed from the Race to the Top Lowest-Achieving Schools list.  This addendum intends to complement GOSA’s Leading and Lagging Indicator Dashboard Report on all Race to the Top lowest-achieving schools.

Overall, most schools removed from the list have shown notable progress on these indicators relative to 
the schools remaining on the Race to the Top Lowest-Achieving Schools list.

To read the addendum, click here.

For more information on the Race to the Top Statewide Evaluation, click here.


Employment Opportunities

GOSA is hiring for the following positions for the Governor's Honors Program:

Resident Assistant

Faculty Instructor
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