February 2017 Monthly Update
GOSA Launches Real Teachers Real Voices Campaign

Gov. Nathan Deal convened a Teacher Advisory Committee over the summer of 2016 to provide feedback on the recommendations of the Education Reform Commission. Superintendents, Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) directors, legislators, and educational leaders recommended teachers to be considered for that group, and 90 teachers from across the state were selected to serve on the Advisory Committee. The teachers were outstanding representatives of their profession, providing thoughtful and considered insights and feedback in the areas of teacher recruitment and retention and several other areas.
During their discussions, the teachers remarked that Georgia teachers have an unparalleled opportunity to be positive voices both within schools and within the broader school communities, and that they can take a front-line position in beginning to grow the next generation of Georgia teachers through an authentic, low cost media campaign that allows real teachers to speak in their own voices and provide glimpses into the real world of education and teaching professionals. They wanted to communicate their own stories and the great things happening in their own schools, messaging that the intrinsic joy of working with students and seeing them succeed outweighs challenges experienced along the way.
GOSA has partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) to launch a series of high-quality public-service announcements (PSAs) that showcase real teachers in their own voices. The governor shared the first PSA during his State-of-the-State address, which certainly signaled the importance of this work to him, and featured Rep. Amy Carter, the only full-time classroom teacher also serving in the House of Representatives, who was Chair of the Teacher Advisory Committee. 
GOSA already has launched High Aspirations, featuring 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year Casey Bethel of New Manchester High School, and Go Teach Others, featuring 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year Lauren Eckman of the Georgia Academy of the Blind. There will be at least twenty additional PSAs developed and shared through
GOSA’s YouTube channel, as well as GOSA’s Facebook page and Twitter feed, over the next few months.  Each will feature an outstanding Georgia teacher, most of them members of the Teacher Advisory Committee, and will share a positive message about the opportunities to change lives and impact the future that are part of becoming a teaching professional. 
GOSA invites and encourages all stakeholders to help share these messages as widely as possible through social media outlets and local television stations wherever possible. In addition, use then whenever appropriate in professional meetings and presentations. Please help us spread the word using hashtag #RealTeachersRealVoices!
Amy Carter's PSA: Purpose
 Casey Bethel's PSA: High Aspirations
Lauren Eckman's PSA: Go Teach Others 
Eric Crouch's PSA: Why I Teach
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Rural AP STEM Grant Awards Announced
On January 30, Gov. Nathan Deal announced five grant awards for the Georgia Rural AP STEM Initiative to support the implementation of AP programs in Computer Science and Statistics. This initiative is the result of a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and the College Board and is designed to create a vertical pathway to student success in AP STEM courses in high-need, rural areas throughout Georgia. 
Each grant winner will receive up to $30,000 to aid in the successful implementation, creation and strengthening of rigorous STEM courses in middle and high schools in collaboration with the College Board. Grant funds can also be utilized to encourage students to participate in these courses and to promote ongoing, professional learning for Pre-AP and AP teachers.
Funding from this initiative will provide awarded districts with teacher professional learning and mentorship in one of three following AP STEM courses: AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles or AP Statistics.
The grant award winners, along with their selected AP STEM pathways, are listed below. 
Appling County
Computer Science
Baldwin County
Computer Science 
Colquitt County
Computer Science
McDuffie County
Thomas County 
Computer Science and Statistics
To learn more about the Rural AP STEM Initiative, click here.  

2016 Georgia K-12 Teacher and Leader Workforce Report
On January 30, GOSA released the 2016 Georgia K-12 Teacher and Leader Workforce Report. The report provides a snapshot of the current K-12 teacher and leader workforce created at the request of the Alliance of Education Agency Heads (AEAH). A working group of senior staff members from each state education agency met in summer 2016 and developed the outline for the report. It uses data from the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.  The report includes summary statistics on teacher and leader workforce characteristics, production, retention, and retirement eligibility.
Some of the key findings include:
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, Georgia’s public education workforce consisted of 110,059 employed teachers and 8,449 employed leaders
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, 19,428 teacher and leader candidates were enrolled in Georgia preparation programs.
  • 9.2% of teachers moved schools from the prior year. Half moved within district, and half moved between districts.
  • 90.8% of teachers remained in teaching from the prior year. Retention was only slightly lower for early career (have five or fewer years of experience) teachers (88.6%).
  • 86.2% of leaders from the prior year remained a leader.
For the full press release, click here

To view an infographic of the teacher workforce findings, click here.
To read the report, click here.  
New Features Added to Georgia School Reports
On January 26, GOSA added new features to its Georgia School Reports website, which provides easy access to information about a school’s performance by compiling data from multiple sources into a single report. For each school in the state, the reports now also show the student mobility rate, college enrollment rate, School Climate Star Rating, and district per-pupil expenditures in comparison to state per-pupil expenditures. In addition, the reports also include a designation for schools that “Beat the Odds,” meaning that the school outperformed other schools with similar characteristics.
Beating the Odds is an annual analysis that calculates a school’s predicted CCRPI score based on its student demographics, enrollment size, and student mobility relative to other schools with similar characteristics. Schools with actual CCRPI scores that are statistically higher than the predicted CCRPI score are deemed to have “Beat the Odds.” Schools that “Beat the Odds” are outperforming Georgia schools with similar characteristics but may still earn low scores and have significant areas where improvement is needed.
In addition to the school page updates, the reports now include district pages that provide the same information as the school pages. The pages also display each district’s Financial Efficiency Star Rating, which provides a comparison of district spending per student with overall academic performance.
For the full press release with screenshots, click here.
To visit the Georgia School Reports website, click here.

As the state's P-20 education agency, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) strives to increase student achievement, school completion, and life opportunities for all Georgia students. GOSA provides policy support to the Governor and ultimately the citizens of Georgia through: 
  • Communicating meaningful education data to stakeholders;
  • Providing research support and data analysis on various education programs in Georgia to inform the Governor’s policy, budget, and legislative efforts;
  • Auditing education programs to ensure fidelity at the district and school-level to performance and accountability requirements; and
  • Identifying, supporting, and sustaining educational innovations that align with the Governor’s education priorities.

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