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In addition to publishing electronic bulletins, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) works with researchers in the field to conduct more in-depth investigations. Such research focuses on education programs' effectiveness by raising and exploring questions regarding student achievement from preschool through postsecondary education. These longer-term research projects and their findings will be posted as they are completed. Please check back periodically for more information.

Academic Rigor and Post-Secondary Success

Using data from 2006 to 2008 on all Georgia high school students who matriculated to a two- or four-year University System of Georgia institution immediately upon graduation, this reports examines two issues:

  1. whether academic rigor in high school has an impact on success in college and
  2. whether student performance on End of Course Tests (EOCTs) is a better predictor of success in college than performance on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT).

Teacher Attrition Study

GOSA commissioned Dr. Ben Scafidi, an associate professor of Economics at Georgia College and State University, to examine teacher retention using Georgia public school employment data from 1998-2009. The study provides a comprehensive picture of teacher retention in Georgia by assessing the extent to which new teachers leave public education altogether, leave teaching but later return, or move into other professional public education roles.


Postsecondary Enrollment Report

In 2008, GOSA entered into a contract with the National Student Clearinghouse to study the postsecondary enrollment of Georgia’s public high school graduates, using official graduate class data obtained from the Georgia Department of Education. This report details aggregate college enrollment data by school system for the high school classes of 2000 through 2008. Data in this report include the enrollment rates in college by school system, student enrollment in Georgia vs. other states, student enrollment in private vs. public institutions, as well as which institutions were the most popular by enrollment.


Georgia Graduation Coach Initiative – 2007-2008 Report

In 2006, Governor Perdue championed an initiative placing a graduation coach in each of Georgia's high schools. Each coach strives to identify and work with at-risk students and help them stay on track to graduate. Graduation coaches also identify, recruit and engage concerned organizations and agencies to serve in a variety of education support roles. Due to the success of the high school program, Governor Perdue also placed graduation coaches in each of Georgia's middle schools in the fall of 2007. Click here to download the 2007-2008 evaluation report of Georgia’s graduation coaches.

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program

The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS) Program, created by Senate Bill 10 (SB10) during Georgia’s 2007 Legislative Session, provides eligible special education students with the opportunity to attend another public or a private school.

EOCT Grading Alignment Study

In 2008, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) commissioned a study that analyzed the alignment of local school systems’ grading practices with their End of Course Test (EOCT) results. Dr. Chris Clark, an Economics professor at Georgia College and State University, examined the relationship between Georgia students’ 2007 End of Course Test (EOCT) performance levels and the grades they earned in related courses. Below are links to the study’s findings.

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