Press Releases

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Awarded For Work to Ensure Data Use Improves Student Achievement

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Awarded For Work to Ensure Data Use Improves Student Achievement


WASHINGTON (October 1, 2015)—The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) today presents the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) with the Advocacy Organization of the Year Award. The award recognizes outstanding work by a national or state-based nonprofit organization in promoting effective data use in the service of students.

“DQC values the incredible work GPEE has done, bringing together a wide range of community partners to ensure Georgia’s student data policies were reasonable, sustainable, and in the service of students,” said Aimee Rogstad Guidera, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign.

Georgia worked tirelessly to create an education data system that transforms how thousands of district leaders, educators, and parents across the state access and use data to make the best decisions for students. All of this was in jeopardy when Georgia Senate Bill 167 was introduced in January 2014.

By engaging with community leaders and building a broad base of support for the value of data to improve student success, GPEE defeated Georgia Senate Bill 167. It then helped to develop and pass a new law that protects student privacy and promotes the use of data to improve student achievement.

“The bill was defeated; our data system preserved,” said Steve Dolinger, president of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. “Our efforts saved the momentum that GPEE and others have worked so tirelessly for. Georgia students are now being offered an education that will ensure their competitiveness on state, national and global stages.”



For DQC: Dakarai Aarons,
For GPEE: Bill Maddox, 404-223-2464,

 About DQC:

The Data Quality Campaign is a national, nonprofit organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students achieve their best. For more information, go to and follow us on Twitter @EdDataCampaign.

About GPEE:

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 Georgia Partnership often takes lead roles in efforts to shape policy and reform education but gladly partners with other groups or organizations taking lead roles in a variety of efforts.

About the Awards:

DQC’s Data Flashlight Awards recognizes education visionaries, leaders, and trailblazers who are championing the power of safe and effective data use to support families and educators in their efforts to improve student achievement.