The Governor's Office of Student Achievement Releases the Race to the Top Innovation Fund Report

June 9, 2015

The Governor's Office of Student Achievement has released the Race to the Top Innovation Fund Report, providing a comprehensive look at the groundbreaking education programs that were implemented in Georgia through the Race to the Top federal grant. The report utilizes a vignette style that, for each program, provides first-hand perspectives of daily activities, describes its origin and design, and analyzes quantitative and qualitative outcomes. In addition, each vignette concludes with lessons learned and best practices that can be applied in education programs throughout the state.

The Innovation Fund began as a $19.4 million fund under Georgia’s four-year Race to the Top plan. During Race to the Top, the Innovation Fund provided 23 grants to programs focused on providing applied learning opportunities, creating teacher and leader induction programs, growing the teacher and leader pipeline, or developing or expanding charter schools. Most of these grantees will receive Race to the Top funds through June 30, 2015.

Although the federal grant is ending, the Innovation Fund has received state funding to continue investing in innovative education programs.  Most recently, the Innovation Fund has received Fiscal Year 2016 funding to support local education authorities (LEAs) in planning, implementing, and scaling innovative programs.

Click here to learn more about the Innovation Fund and current grant opportunities.

The Race to the Top Innovation Fund Report is included below.