The Georgia Center for Education Policy, a collaboration between the university's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and local government leaders, will focus its efforts on helping elementary and secondary school superintendents, school boards, and other public education officials design evidence-based policies aimed at improving academic, career, and life outcomes for students in the state. To be led by economist and professor Tim Sass, the center will house two major initiatives — the Metropolitan Atlanta Policy Lab for Education (MAPLE), which will be directed by Sass, and a multi-state Career and Technical Education Policy Exchange (CTEx) directed by economist Dan Kreisman, an assistant professor in the Young School — and will partner with four of Georgia's six largest school districts — Gwinnett County Public Schools, DeKalb County School District, Fulton County Public Schools, and Atlanta Public Schools — to develop research-supported efforts focused on improving student achievement, graduation rates, and career training programs. In conjunction with the initiative, CTEx will analyze the impact of CTE programs and share its findings with policy makers across the country.
"MAPLE will use cutting-edge research methods to evaluate current policies and determine potential new policy initiatives to improve outcomes such as attendance, discipline, test scores, and graduation rates," said Sass. "Our goal is to reduce dropout rates, increase post-secondary enrollment, and give all students the opportunity to live productive, successful lives."