Governor's Office of Student Achievement

February 2014 Latest News Update

Innovation in Teaching Round Three Winners Announced

Earlier this month, Gov. Nathan Deal announced seven winners in Round Three of the Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who demonstrate innovative teaching strategies for the Georgia standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The competition is available through Georgia’s Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program.
The seven winners in Round Three, along with the grade level and subject area of each winning unit, are listed below:
Lindsay Bowley
Eighth Grade, English Language Arts
Creekland Middle School
Cherokee County Schools
Bynikini Frazier
First Grade, English Language Arts
Sarah Mills Hodge Elementary School
Chatham County Schools
Jan Moore
Third Grade, English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies
Holsenbeck Elementary School
Barrow County Schools
Amy Palermo
Sixth Grade, English Language Arts
River Trail Middle School
Fulton County Schools
Lindsey Rhodes
Kindergarten, English Language Arts and Science
Sugar Hill Elementary
Hall County Schools
Victoria Sinco
Fifth Grade, Mathematics
Avery Elementary School
Cherokee County Schools
Brian Swanagan
Ninth-Twelfth Grades, Mathematics
Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy
Floyd County Schools

Deal will announce Round Four of the Innovation in Teaching Competition this spring.

Click here to learn more about the competition.

Click here for the full press release.


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.

Employment Opportunities

GOSA is hiring for the following positions:

Innovative Programs Specialist

K-12 School Connectivity Grants Program Manager

Summer 2014 Governor's Honors Program (multiple positions)
February E-Bulletin:
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

As an alternative to a traditional discipline system, PBIS provides a framework that uses data to guide, integrate, and implement evidence-based behavioral practices for improving school climate when implemented with fidelity.  Education stakeholders from the public and private sectors are striving to increase Georgia’s PBIS infrastructure and assistance to promote the adoption of PBIS across the state.  Preliminary results from Georgia’s PBIS districts show promising improvements, but more in-depth research is needed to establish the causal effects of PBIS on academic achievement.

For the full e-bulletin, click here.

Class of 2013 AP Results

According to an annual College Board report, more Georgia graduates are succeeding on Advanced Placement (AP) tests than took the exams in 2003. Forty percent of 2013 public high school graduates took an AP exam, and 21.3% of these graduates scored a 3 or higher, a passing score.  Although more economically disadvantaged students are now taking and passing AP exams, these students are still underrepresented. As a result, Georgia still has room to increase low-income student participation and success on AP exams.

Click here for the full update.
CRCT and EOCT Erasure Analyses Released

GOSA released the results of the End-of-Course Test (EOCT) and Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) erasure analyses for the 2012-13 school year.  The analyses focused on the number of wrong answers that had been changed to right answers on individual student answer sheets.  Classrooms across the state were flagged in which the number of wrong-to-right changes were three standard deviations or more above the state average.  Overall, less than 2% of Georgia’s elementary and middle school classrooms were flagged using this criterion.  While there are a few classrooms of concern that require further investigation, the majority of EOCT classrooms throughout the state were cleared. 

EOCT erasure analysis
CRCT erasure analysis

Click here for more information about GOSA's academic auditing program.

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