The Office of School Improvement provides a statewide system of support and process for school improvement. Programs include the Governor's Honors Program, School Improvement Division, Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Division, and Title I and Outreach Programs.
Governor's Honors Program
The Governor's Honors Program Unit handles the Governor’s Honors Program, the Georgia Scholars Program, the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Program, and the United States Senate Youth Program. All four are independent honors programs, with separate application process, for high school students.
School Improvement Division
The work of the School Improvement Division is to design and implement a coherent and sustained statewide system of support and process for improvement. The division provides districts and schools in Georgia with tools and resources, as well as intensive support and professional learning for all schools, including those with significant student achievement issues. The School Improvement Division works with Priority, Focus, and Alert Schools.
School Improvement programs include the following:
Alternative Education Program
Georgia's Alternative Education Program is designed to provide some program flexibility at the local level. The local alternative education program may function as a single-district or multi-district program and may be located on or off a regular school campus.
GAPSS Analysis (Georgia Assessment of Performance on School Standards: Closing the Gap)
The GAPSS Analysis is a site-based review process that provides a detailed analysis of a school’s progress toward full implementation of the performance-based standards and indicators of the School Keys.
The Professional Learning Unit provides leadership, technical assistance, resources, and consultative services to the Georgia education community in order to improve student learning through organizational development and professional learning (staff development).
- Professional Learning Unit Credits (PLUs)
- Application and Credit Program Approval (Comprehensive Plan for PLU Credit)
Title I, Part A 1003(a) Grants
Based on the approval of the ESEA Waiver dated February 6, 2012, the identification of schools receiving Title I Part A 1003a grants will include all Title I eligible Priority Schools, Title I eligible Focus Schools, and Title I designated Alert Schools.
Teacher and Leader Effectiveness
The Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Division impacts student achievement by providing programs and resources to enhance teacher and leader effectiveness.
Title I and Outreach Programs
The Title I and Outreach Programs Division provides technical assistance, resources, and program monitoring of local education agencies to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a high quality education and to achieve proficiency on high academic standards.
Title I and Outreach Programs include the following:
Title I, Part A
Title I, Part A provides technical assistance, resources, and program monitoring of LEAs to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a high quality education and to achieve proficiency on high academic standards.
The Outreach Programs include the Migrant Education Program, Parent Engagement Program, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.