May Monthly Update

GOSA Releases School Awards and New School Grades Website

Gov. Nathan Deal along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) today announced that 187 Georgia public schools in 51 districts will receive the Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards. Additionally, GOSA released its new School Reports website, which provides school performance reports for all public elementary, middle and high schools in Georgia. These reports will help parents, students, educators and communities have clear and concise information about school performance to better understand the strengths and challenges of their local schools.

School Awards

The school awards, developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education, are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System. Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Achievement Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. For more details on how awards are calculated, click here.

The 2015 Greatest Gains award winners consist of 127 schools across 49 districts, and the 2015 Highest Performing award winners consist of 106 schools across 15 districts. Forty-six schools in 12 districts are award winners in both categories.

School Grades Website

The Georgia School Reports website provides easy access to information about a school’s performance by compiling information from multiple sources into one report. Most notably, the reports present A-F letter grades for each school based on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The CCRPI score, which ranges from 0 to 110, is based on state test scores, student growth on these tests, graduation rates, and other factors.  The table below shows the scale used to determine school letter grades.
CCRPI Score Letter Grade
90.0 and Higher A
80.0 - 89.9 B
70.0 - 79.9 C
60.0 - 69.9 D
Below 60.0 F

In addition to the A-F letter grade, each school’s report includes student performance on the Georgia Milestones, student enrollment demographics, and key indicators of student success. Viewers can also use the interactive comparison tool to see how their school compares to other schools, districts, and the state.

The Georgia School Reports website is available at

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.

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Innovation in Teaching Spotlight

Courtney Bryant & Jeff Mather
Designing a Garden Bench
Charles R. Drew Charter School
The Innovation in Teaching Competition recognizes and rewards Georgia educators who are using innovative strategies to advance student achievement.  During this project-based learning unit, led by engineering and design teacher, Courtney Bryant, and teaching artist, Jeff Mather, second graders tackled a real-world problem at their school – designing and building a garden bench for Drew Charter School’s TinkerYard. 

Get ideas for how your students can solve a real-world problem at their school by viewing videos of this unit plan, along with the unit plan and other supplementary materials, available here.

Innovation Fund Technical Assistance Day

Click here to register. Please note registration will close on May 26 and is limited to 275 participants.  
Deal Announces Professional Learning Grants for Math and Computer Science

On May 16, Gov. Nathan Deal announced seven winners of the Innovation in K-8 Mathematics and/or K-12 Computer Science/Coding Professional Learning Grants. This is the second round of the competitive grant program to improve instruction in the areas of mathematics and computer science/coding through the development and implementation of innovative professional learning models.  Each grant winner will receive up to $150,000 to support innovative professional learning programs that promote student achievement in mathematics or expand student access to computer science/coding programs. The grant award winners are listed below.

  • Baldwin County Schools
  • Clarke County School District
  • Clayton County Public Schools
  • Metropolitan RESA
  • Rockdale County Public Schools

Integrated Math and Computer Science/Coding
  • Thomas County Schools

Computer Science/Coding
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
Click here to read more about these grants.
E-bulletin: Summary of 2014-2015 CCRPI Scores

This e-bulletin summarizes the changes to the 2014-2015 CCRPI scores and provides summary statistics for the 2014-2015 scores and compares these scores to previous years.

On average, this year’s scores are 1.9 points lower than the scores from 2013-2014.  Elementary schools decreased by 2.6 points and middle schools by 4.6 points since 2013-2014. High schools increased by 5.2 points, largely because high schools already had more challenging math assessments and graduation rates are higher than Georgia Milestones performance. 

Similar to past years, schools with a higher percentage of low-income students tend to score lower on the CCRPI largely because they tend to have lower Achievement scores.  However, many schools with a higher percentage of low-income students have very high Progress scores.

To read the full e-bulletin, click here.
Deal Announces Additional $6.9 Million in CFC Grant Awards

On May 9, Gov. Nathan Deal announced 53 local education authorities (LEAs) will be awarded more than $6.9 million from the Connections for Classrooms grant program, a collaborative funding effort between GOSA, the Georgia Department of Education and the OneGeorgia Authority to help ensure classrooms across the state have the high-speed broadband access required for digital and blended learning. These grants, enabled by additional funds appropriated in the amended FY16 budget, fully fund all applicants from Round 3 of the grant program once combined with the $8.2 million awarded in January.

Click here for a full list of Round 3 awards.

Click here to access the Connections for Classrooms Annual Report for more information on the grant 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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