Governor's Office of Student Achievement

GOSA Monthly Update: March 2013

Gov. Deal names Martha Ann Todd as new GOSA Executive Director

Mrs. Todd joined GOSA on March 1st after serving as Associate Superintendent of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the Georgia Department of Education. She has over thirty years of experience in both teaching and leadership positions at the school, district, and state level. “I am honored to be entrusted with this position and to be associated with the well-respected and accomplished team at GOSA. Together we will continue to focus on successfully meeting the Governor’s strategic objectives for education in Georgia,” she said.

Mrs. Todd holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Emory University, an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University, and an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia College & State University. She replaces Bonnie Holliday, who has taken a position as Executive Director of the newly established State Charter School Commission.

To read her full bio, 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.

GOSA releases 2012 CRCT Erasure Analysis

GOSA released the results of its 2012 erasure analysis on the standardized Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), which is given to elementary and middle school students each spring in Georgia.  Results of the analysis flagged classrooms in which the number of wrong-to-right changes on individual student answer sheets proved to be three standard deviations (SDs) or more above the state average.  Recommendations by the State Board of Education include requiring local Superintendents to conduct internal investigations to determine the causes of testing irregularities, rotating teachers during subsequent CRCT administrations, and placing state monitors in schools that  are on the severe concern category list.

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New e-bulletin highlights Atlanta Public Schools' improved test security procedures

Atlanta Public Schools has implemented procedures to improve the security and integrity during CRCT testing administration.  These security measures include the establishment of a clear and concise chain of custody plan requiring that only authorized officials account for and handle testing materials while on school property.

Click here to read the full e-bulletin that details the procedures.

GOSA releases 2012 EOCT Erasure Analysis

GOSA released the results of its spring 2012 erasure analysis on the End-of-Course Test (EOCT), which is the standardized assessment of core subjects at the high school level.  The analysis focused on the number of wrong-to-right answers marked on individual student answer sheets and flagged classrooms where the number of wrong-to-right answer changes was three standard deviations or more above the state average. For schools with at least one classroom flagged for wrong-to-right erasures, the State Board of Education made recommendations to determine the causes of testing irregularities.

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