February Monthly Update

Shark Tank: The Innovation Fund Challenge
Shark Tank: The Innovation Fund Challenge is a new Innovation Fund grant opportunity for eligible K-12 public school teachers in Georgia, as well as Innovation Fund Grantees and Innovation in Teaching Competition winners. Selected participants will have the opportunity to pitch an idea for a small-scale teacher and leader development program to a panel of education sharks and win a $10,000 tiny grant. 

At the 2016 Innovation Fund Summit and Technical Assistance Day on June 2, 2016, up to four selected participants will have five to ten minutes each to pitch their ideas to a panel of education sharks (including GOSA staff and other education experts), who will ask questions about each pitch.  Once each presenter has pitched his/her idea, GOSA will award one to four tiny grant(s) to the winning pitch(es) at the event.

The deadline to submit your proposal for the challenge is March 25, 2016.

For more information regarding the Shark Tank: The Innovation Fund Challenge, click here.

To view the save the date for the Innovation Fund Technical Assistance Day, click here. 

For general information regarding the Innovation Fund, click here.
Innovation in Teaching Spotlight

Chuck Trader
Solving Linear Equations with a Teeter Totter
Saint Marys Middle School
Camden County Schools

The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and rewards Georgia educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement.  Under Chuck Trader's instruction, students experience the algebra involved in building and balancing a teeter totter.

To view this video and other resources,
click here.
Georgia Proficiency Standards Earn “A”

Georgia’s proficiency standards received an “A” rating in a recent Education Next study. The improvement coincides with the introduction of Georgia Milestones during the 2014-2015 school year, which aligned Georgia’s proficiency standards more closely with the internationally-benchmarked proficiency standards of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card."

For more information,
click here.
E-Bulletin: GOSA's Academic Auditing Program
This e-bulletin provides a history and overview of GOSA’s areas of academic auditing: State Assessment Administration Auditing (Erasure Analysis) and Data Collections Auditing.

GOSA conducts an annual erasure analysis of state assessments and reports the findings each year to the State Board of Education, along with recommendations for interventions in flagged schools. In 2015, GOSA expanded its auditing program to verify certain data that districts report to the GaDOE for accountability and funding purposes.

Click here to read the full e-bulletin.

Click here to learn more about GOSA's auditing program.
Spring 2015 Erasure Analysis Results
On February 18, GOSA presented the results of the 2015 erasure analysis to the State Board of Education. The erasure analysis focuses on identifying classrooms and schools where the number of wrong answers that have been changed to right answers on individual student answer sheets is well above the state average. The results do not indicate that cheating necessarily occurred.

Forty elementary and middle schools were identified for an initial desktop audit. After the audit, 19 schools required further inquiry. Twenty-three high schools were identified for an initial desktop audit. After the audit, 14 schools required further inquiry.

Click here to learn more about GOSA's erasure analysis.

Click here to learn more about GOSA's auditing program.
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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