Beating the Odds is a statistical analysis that compares a school’s actual performance on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) with the performance of schools with similar characteristics across the state. Schools that perform higher than similar schools are considered “Beating the Odds.”
Turnaround eligible schools have a three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score that is in the bottom five percent of the state, excluding non-traditional schools and state special schools. This list replaces the chronically failing schools list that GOSA published in prior years.
The Financial Efficiency Star Rating (FESR) is based on the district's three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score and the percentile of the three-year average per pupil expenditure (PPE). The PPE is calculated by dividing the district's expenditures by the district's fall enrollment count.
Under the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and as mandated by state law, Georgia is required to develop a Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS) which includes awards and consequences. Awards are presented to schools that show excellence in student achievement and/or progress in student achievement. In conjunction with the GaDOE, GOSA sets the award criteria and publishes awards on its website.
The Georgia Private School Tax Credit Law (O.C.G.A. § 20-2A) allows for the provision of scholarships by student scholarship organizations for eligible students to attend accredited private schools. House Bill 283 (2013) waives certain criteria for eligibility if a school is designated as a ‘low-performing school.’ This section defines ‘low-performing schools’ for the purposes of this law.
Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS), formerly referred to as Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2), contracts provide local school districts with greater governance flexibility as a means to increase 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 the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA). Outlined in these plans are specific school-level student achievement goals in addition to current federal accountability requirements. Progress toward meeting those goals is monitored by GOSA on an annual basis and reported to the SBOE.