Deal had wanted testing to weigh more heavily in school report cards. Meanwhile, GOSA, under Deal, developed its own school report cards, in what some saw as a duplication of the superintendent's more complicated College and Career Ready Performance Index.
With the election of Kemp, the relationship between superintendent and governor appears more cordial.
“I think the legislators would tell you that the interaction that we’re having with the superintendent’s office, that they’re having with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, has been just fantastic,” Kemp said. “We’re all talking, we’re all communicating. We all want to be on the same page.”
GOSA’s budget grew under Deal, but this year lawmakers cut it by a third, from about $25 million to less than $17 million. Rep. Terry England, R-Auburn, the House Appropriations Committee chairman, said there were “quite a few pennies sitting over there at GOSA that weren’t being used anymore.”
Some of it was shifted to Woods’ office, including $600,000 to pay for a new mandate to train computer science teachers and $1 million for more counselors and counseling services.
Kemp said he tasked his new GOSA leader, Joy Hawkins, with narrowing the agency’s mission to “do away with duplicative things that we have going on that the superintendent’s office is doing.” Kemp also wants GOSA focused on a new task: “helping with the literacy rate in our state.”