GOSA Releases 2015-2016 Mid-Year Reports for the Reading Mentors Program and RESA Growing Readers Program

January 7, 2016

Today, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement released two 2015-2016 Mid-Year Evaluation Reports, one for the Reading Mentors Program and another for the Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Growing Readers Program. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement’s Research and Evaluation unit worked with each program’s staff to develop an evaluation plan and conduct both evaluations. Both Mid-Year Evaluation Reports include:

  • A summary of the program’s mission and goals,
  • A profile of participating schools,
  • A description of the evaluation methodology, and
  • Preliminary findings from collected baseline data

Reading Mentors Program: A Language and Literacy Partnership (RMP)

The Reading Mentors Program: A Language and Literacy Partnership (RMP) is Governor Deal’s K-3 literacy professional learning program that aims to improve the efficacy of literacy instruction through comprehensive coaching support for teachers and leaders at participating schools. Participating schools submitted applications to be a part of the program. The RMP uses Language and Literacy Specialists, who work with participating teachers and administrators, to provide research-based professional learning, personalized one-on-one coaching based on individual teacher needs, and support for data-driven instruction. The goal of the RMP is to facilitate the change needed to strengthen instructional practices and increase the percentage of students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The RMP is a three-year program that currently serves 60 schools in 22 districts in Georgia.

Please click here to read the full 2015-2016 Mid-Year Report for the Reading Mentors Program: A Language and Literacy Partnership

RESA Growing Readers Program (GRP)

The RESA Growing Readers Program (GRP) is a K-3 literacy professional learning grant administered through the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The goal of the program is to increase the percentage of students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade by providing consistent, high-quality professional learning to teachers on effective reading instructional strategies. Each of Georgia’s 16 RESAs identified one or more reading specialist(s) to provide professional learning to three to six schools in the RESA. The GRP is a one-year program that is being implemented during the 2015-2016 school year and currently serves 61 schools across the state.

Please click here to read the full 2015-2016 Mid-Year Report for the RESA Growing Readers Program.