Governor's Office of Student Achievement

GOSA Monthly Update

E-Bulletin: Tift County's Mechatronics Partnership: Expanding Career Opportunities for High School Students

In January 2012, the Race to the Top Innovation Fund awarded $1 million to the Tift County Board of Education to implement the Tift County Mechatronics Partnership. The initiative developed a curriculum focused on Mechatronics, an interdisciplinary field of study involving control, electronic, computer, and mechanical systems, for Tift County High School students. Students develop skills that equip them to work in a variety of industrial, manufacturing, and health sciences essential to Georgia’s economic success. The program takes a project-based, cooperative learning approach to develop solutions for engineering applications used in industries such as the aerospace, food processing, medical devices, and automotive industries. This month’s e-bulletin provides an overview of the program, early results, and plans for sustainability.

To read the full e-bulletin, click here.
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.

Gov. Deal moves Governor's Honors Program to GOSA

In July 2013, Gov. Deal signed an executive order moving the Governor's Honors Program to the Governor's Office of Student Achievement, effective August 1. For the last 50 years, the summer residential program has provided intellectually gifted and artistically talented Georgia high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Click here to learn more about GHP.

GA AWARDS Data System Update

As a part of Race to the Top, GOSA has been building a longitudinal data system (GA AWARDS) that merges data from seven education agencies into one system to provide each agency with unprecedented research opportunities to improve effectiveness. This August, GOSA will return six years of data to agencies, allowing them to examine student outcomes across the Pre-K to postsecondary spectrum. In addition, the GA AWARDS has completed a pilot to test the addition of Department of Labor data, which will allow state agencies to examine the relationship between education and labor market outcomes. Lastly, GOSA is using GA AWARDS for its Report Card from 2012 forward. The data submission and cleaning process required for GA AWARDS delayed publication of the 2012 Report Card, but GOSA should be on schedule for publication of the 2013 Report Card in December. Click here to learn more about GA AWARDS.

Innovation in Teaching Competition Update

This summer, the Race to the Top Innovation Fund created the Innovation in Teaching Competition, a competitive grant program seeking to identify and showcase classroom practices of exemplary teachers who are using innovative, effective strategies to provide instruction in mathematics and reading/language arts.  Awarded teachers and their schools will receive monetary awards, and each will have the opportunity for the innovative instructional practices to be videoed and shared as exemplars for all Georgia teachers. GOSA is currently reviewing applications and will announce winners in early September.

The Governor's Office also plans to release a second round of the competition in the coming weeks.
For more information on the competition, click here.
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