April Monthly Update

GOSA Releases New Innovation Fund Priority Areas and Technical Assistance Days

The Innovation Fund supports local education agencies (LEAs), regional education service agencies (RESAs) (on behalf of a group of schools or LEAs), traditional public schools and charter schools in planning, implementing, and scaling innovative education programs that advance student achievement throughout Georgia.  Recently, Governor Deal appropriated state funding for Fiscal Year 2017 to provide new grant opportunities.  The funding priorities for these grants include the following:
  • Applied Learning with a Focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering. Arts, and Mathematics) Education,
  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy Development,
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models, and
  • Teacher and Leader Development for High-Need Schools.
For more information about these grant opportunities, including the award timeline, grant guidelines, scoring rubrics, and application questions,
visit GOSA’s website.

On June 2 and 3, 2016, GOSA will a host technical assistance day for all agencies interested in applying for an Innovation Fund grantThe June 3rd portion of the Technical Assistance Day is mandatory for new Innovation Fund applicantsTo register for the technical assistance day, please click here.

Innovation in Teaching Spotlight
Rikki Chandler
Wonder Novel Study
Sandhill Elementary
Carroll County Schools
The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and rewards Georgia educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement.  Under Rikki Chandler’s instruction, fifth grade students use the novel Wonder, as well as other fiction and nonfiction texts, to master English Language Arts standards while exploring the themes of bullying, peer pressure, and fitting in. 

To view a video of this unit plan, as well as the unit plan and other supplementary materials, please 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.

Job Opportunities:

Language and Literacy Specialist- East GA

Policy & Research Analyst

Research and Evaluation Intern

GHP Resident Assistant (Male Dorms) 

GHP Resident Assistant (Female Dorms)


Free Books for Summer Reading

On April 15, Get Georgia Reading and myON released 10,400 free books to keep kids reading during the summer.  Readers can download the books to their computers and mobile devices.  The selections include books from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. 

For more information on these free books, click here.

GOSA Updates 2014-2015 Report Card

GOSA recently updated the Report Card to include Georgia Milestones results by subgroup. As part of its mission, GOSA presents its annual report on Georgia's public education agencies. These reports provide educators, parents, students, and all stakeholders with valuable information on the characteristics and performance of Georgia’s public schools.

Click here to access the Report Card.
Early Education Empowerment Zones Quarterly Report

GOSA recently published its third quarterly report of the Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs).  E3Zs are one of the key projects in Georgia’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RT3-ELC) grant.  The purpose of the E3Zs is to increase the availability of high-quality early learning and development options and to integrate new or expanded services into high-quality child care programs focused on children with high needs, which include children who are low-income, English learners, and children with disabilities or developmental delays. 

To access the full report, click here.
For more information on GOSA’s role in RT3-ELC evaluation, 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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