GOSA Releases 2015 Innovation Fund Annual Report

February 17, 2015

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) has released the 2015 Innovation Fund Annual Report. The Innovation Fund, administered by GOSA, provides funding to eligible organizations interested in planning, implementing, and scaling innovative education programs that advance student achievement throughout Georgia. The 2015 Innovation Fund Annual Report summarizes the Fiscal Year 2015 grant application process, review process, and an overview of each grantee. Additionally, this report provides similar information on the Georgia’s Race to the Top grantees and summarizes outcomes from their work since they are either finished or nearing completion of their grant-funded deliverables.

The Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million fund under Georgia’s Race to the Top (RT3) plan. During Race to the Top, the Innovation Fund provided 23 grants to programs focused on providing K-12 applied learning opportunities, creating teacher and leader induction programs, growing the teacher and leader pipeline, or developing or expanding STEM-focused charter schools. Most of these grantees will continue to receive RT3 grant funds through June 30, 2015. To continue the Innovation Fund's work beyond RT3, Governor Deal appropriated $5 million in state funding for Fiscal Year 2015. With this funding, GOSA accepted 59 proposals from eligible organizations interested in planning, implementing or scaling programs aligned with the following priority areas:

  • Applied Learning with a Focus on K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education,
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models,  
  • Development and Replication of Innovative Resource Management Models, and
  • Teacher and Leader Induction and Development

On December 15, 2014, Governor Deal awarded 18 grants, totaling $4,527,905.00, to organizations focusing on the above priority areas. Throughout the grant period, GOSA will monitor the grantees, evaluate their progress in advancing student achievement, and use lessons learned to determine innovative practices that can advance student achievement throughout Georgia.

Click here to view the 2015 Innovation Fund Annual Report.

Click here for more information on GOSA’s Innovation Fund.