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Race to the Top. Georgia’s Presentation to the U.S. Department of Education August 10, 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

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

August 10, 2010



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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

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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 evaluation 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 quality pipeline of teachers

  • Collaborative approach to working with participating LEAs to finalize evaluation and performance plan under Race to the Top

  • STEM focus

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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

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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 to allow for pursuit of reforms identified as promising under Race to the Top

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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