Founded in 1992 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit working tirelessly to be Georgia's foremost change agent in K-12 public education.
The mission of the Georgia Partnership is to inform and influence Georgia leaders for the improvement of student achievement. We accomplish our mission through research and non-partisan advocacy to impact education policies and practices.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Economic Development Association found the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
The Partnership hosted its first Critical Issues Forum, establishing what has become one of the organization's signature programs.
The Partnership leveraged $30 million in state, private, and local matching funds to turn 51 local school systems into models of academic excellence. Each system participating in the Next Generation School Project succeeded in raising student achievement results.
The Partnership kicks off the annual Bus Trip Across Georgia, which showcased model schools and educational programs that result in outstanding student achievement. Business, education, government and civic leaders boarded buses for the tour to observe educators in action improving learning opportunities for their students. The program was discontinued in 2013.
In 2002, the Partnership helped incubate the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement, an organization that has since become an independent, non-profit organization serving education leaders across Georgia.
The Partnership releases the first edition of it's widely acclaimed Top Ten Issues to Watch report.
The Partnership releases the first edition of the Economics of Education Report, laying out the argument that developing a strong education system is a high leverage economic development strategy. The report was updated in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2017.
The Partnership becomes the Georgia site for the Education Policy Fellowship Program, a nationally recognized fellowship initiative, that engages a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education policy.
In 2014, the Georgia Department of Education tapped the Partnership to conduct an independent review of the state’s 4-year, $4 million Race to the Top program.
The Partnership launches EdQuest Georgia, a policy framework designed to inform, engage and mobilize stakeholders in Georgia – particularly in the education, business, philanthropic, and policy-making communities – to work together to support innovative and evidence-based educational reform.