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Race to the Top. Georgia’s Presentation to the U.S. Department of Education March 17, 2010. 1. 1. Georgia’s Reform Plan is Fully Aligned with Race to the Top. 2. Long-standing commitment to rigor and high expectations for all

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race to the top
Race to the Top

Georgia’s Presentation to the U.S. Department of Education

March 17, 2010



georgia s reform plan is fully aligned with race to the top
Georgia’s Reform Plan is Fully Aligned with Race to the Top


  • Long-standing commitment to rigor and high expectations for all
  • Complementary investments in high quality curricula and assessments
  • Significant momentum in improving student outcomes, while increasing the level of rigor and quality of standards
  • Highly collaborative approach to implementation of reforms, which has made important P-20 initiatives possible
what makes us different great teachers and leaders highlights
What Makes Us Different? Great Teachers and Leaders Highlights


  • A system-wide approach based on transparency and better information at all levels
  • A common evaluation system for all teachers
  • 50% of teacher and leader evaluations tied to student growth
  • A bold pay for performance plan for teachers and leaders
  • Deliberate focus on creating higher earning potential for teachers in high-need, high-poverty schools
  • Strong partnerships to build a pipeline of quality teachers
  • Collaborative approach to working with participating LEAs to finalize evaluation and performance plan under Race to the Top
  • STEM focus
what makes us different school turnaround highlights
What Makes Us Different?School Turnaround Highlights


  • Relative successes to date, but need dramatic change
  • Rigorous diagnostics, conducted by the State in collaboration with external experts, will form basis for selecting school turnaround models
  • A system-wide approach to turnaround: the district as a unit of analysis rather than the school (portfolio of reforms, feeder schools)
  • Strong partners (TFA, TNTP, EMOs) will provide human capital capacity where it is needed most – effective teachers and leaders
  • Single, highly visible point of accountability for school turnaround at the State level will shine a spotlight on the turnaround issue
why we will succeed
Why We Will Succeed


  • Implementation structure tailored to the realities of Georgia
  • Strong collaboration across agencies key to successful implementation of large-scale, cross-cutting initiatives
  • Thoughtful approach to sustainability
why invest in georgia
Why Invest in Georgia?


  • Microcosm of diversity
  • Strategic approach to State-LEA partnerships
    • Rigorous MOUs with high level of specificity and strong terms
    • Smaller number of LEAs results in real resources to LEAs