Strategic Waiver School Systems (SWSS), formerly referred to as Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2), performance contracts provide local school districts with greater governance flexibility as a means to increasing student achievement. Local Boards of Education (LBOE) can enter into multi-year contracts with the State Board of Education (SBOE) based on strategic plans developed in partnership with Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA). Such plans must identify specific school-level student achievement goals that are in addition to current federal accountability requirements.
GOSA and GaDOE work closely with districts to ensure that the school-level student achievement goals are sufficiently rigorous to warrant granting the flexibility requested by the local school district.
Progress toward meeting those goals is monitored by GOSA on an annual basis and reported to the State Board of Education (SBOE). If, at the end of the contract, any school has not met its performance goals for at least three years of the contract and is not meeting targets at the end of the contract, GOSA will recommend consequences to the SBOE.
By June 30, 2015, all districts in the state must notify the GaDOE whether they intend to enter into SWSS contracts, become charter systems, or remain status quo systems.
In collaboration with the GaDOE, GOSA has revised its SWSS Evaluation Policy to provide more clarity to districts making flexibility decisions. The document outlines target setting and timelines for evaluation results. For more information on the flexibility and accountability portion of SWSS contract, the GaDOE’s September 2014 Presentation at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute provides more information.
GaDOE Guidance (Updated May 15, 2015)
- GaDOE SWSS/IE2 Website
GOSA SWSS Evaluation Policy for Contracts Effective on or after July 2015 (Updated June 2016)
List and Map of Approved Contracts (as of June 2016)
GOSA Policy on School Code Changes (as of December 2016)
List of Granted Waivers by District (as of January 2017)
List of Contract and Amendment Approvals by Month and District (as of January 2017)
IE2 Performance Reports
Gwinnett County and Forsyth County were the first IE2 districts. 2009-2010 was the first year GOSA evaluated the performance of schools in these districts as part of the IE2 contract. The evaluations for schools in Rabun County began in 2011-2012.
2009-2010 IE2 Evaluation
2010-2011 SIE2 Evaluation
2011-2012 IE2 Evaluation
2012-2013 IE2 Evaluation
2013-2014 IE2 Evaluation