This page contains program evaluations of several of GOSA's innovative programs, including the Reading Mentors Program, the RESA Growing Readers Program, and the Governor's Honors Program. These evaluations serve to inform program staff on whether goals are being met and to provide information to stengthen implementation.
In December 2016, the Georgia State Board of Education (SBOE) approved the creation of two courses, Technical College Readiness (TCR) English and Mathematics. The courses aim to ensure high school students who lack the skills needed for admission into technical colleges attain those skills while still in high school, removing a barrier to postsecondary entry. The SBOE requested that GOSA monitor course implementation and evaluate outcomes.
In December 2013, Georgia was awarded $51.7 million in the third round of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant (RT3-ELCG). One of the major initiatives of Georgia’s grant application was the development of four Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs)—geographic communities around the state where integrated systems of services are designed and implemented to reach young children with high needs. GOSA is charged with producing reports that evaluate targeted E3Z programs and services that are most suitable for scale-up after the end of the grant term. This page includes more information about the RT3-ELCG and GOSA’s evaluation reports of the E3Zs.
YouScience is an online career and personal planning discovery tool that enables teens and adults to identify their potential aptitudes and careers. In an effort led by Senator Lindsey Tippins, state funds were appropriated for a pilot initiative to identify an online profile that would help Georgia high school students discover their aptitudes and apply those strengths to find direction for their pathway, college, and career choices. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) partnered with YouScience to provide 20,000 licenses to Georgia 10th graders in a representative sample of high schools around the state for the 2015-2016 school year. TCSG partnered with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) to administer and evaluate this pilot program.
Georgia was awarded $400 million over four years to implement a robust statewide education reform strategy as part of Race to the Top (RT3), which ended June 30, 2015. GOSA was charged with developing the statewide evaluation plan for the RT3 grant. This page includes reports focusing on three evaluation goals: measuring how well RT3 projects prepared students for college and career success, to what degree the Lowest Achieving Schools were ‘turned around,’ and how well RT3 projects helped to develop great teachers and leaders.