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Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Newton County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 91.93
Math: 75.21
Science: 74.95
Social Studies: 83.11

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

Ga. Connections Academy holding more information sessions

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's virtual public school for students in grades K-12, will hold several information sessions throughout metro Atlanta in the coming weeks.

Parents are invited to attend any of the free sessions to learn more about the program's offerings.

"Georgia Connections Academy, a tuition-free public school, delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere in the state," Georgia Connections Academy principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "The combination of certified Georgia teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education."

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

50 Ga. students earn Horatio Alger Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Fifty recent high school graduates have received this year's Horatio Alger Georgia Scholarship.

The $5,000 award is given annually to students who overcome personal obstacles to demonstrate academic strength, dedication to community service and outstanding personal character.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," Horatio Alger Association president and CEO Tony Novelly said in a statement. "They have already shown perseverence and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

The Horatio Alger Association have provided nearly $2 million in scholarships to Georgia high school seniors since 1987.

This year's scholarship recipients from Georgia include:

* Megan L. Bauer
Ridgeland HS, Rossville

* Keith A. Berry
Hebron Christian Academy, Dacula

Graduation rates in Newton County

Graduation rates in Newton County

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Georgia's public high school graduation rate rose slightly to 69.7 percent in 2012, compared to 67.4 percent in 2011, according to data released Tuesday.

The rate of Georgia seniors receiving diplomas has risen by 11 percentage points since 2009, the first year the Georgia Department of Education began tracking graduation data with a new formula.

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," state superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

In Newton County, the graduation rate was 76.21 percent -- well above the state average.

RELATED | School is (almost!) out in Newton County

School is (almost!) out in Newton County

School is (almost!) out in Newton County

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Newton County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Paulding County

Superintendent survey results released

Superintendent survey results released

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Newton County School System has published the results of a community survey on requirements for a new superintendent.

The county is currently searching for a replacement for superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews, who will retire in June. The school system received 34 applications for the job.

"We appreciate everyone taking the time to provide feedback," Newton County Board of Education chair Abigail Coggin said in a statement. "The information from the public will be invaluable as we finalize our selection of the next leader of Newton County Schools."

Eastside HS FBLA students qualify for nationals

Eastside HS FBLA students qualify for nationals

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Four members of Eastside High School's Future Business Leaders of America will attend the national competition in Anaheim, Calif., later this year.

Cason Cantrell, Alana Freeman and Conner Haler all placed first in their respective events at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Atlanta. Their teammate Dustin Gentis placed second in his.

All first- and second-place winners are eligible to attend nationals.

"I am so proud of the accomplishments of the students," Eastside High principal Jeff Cher said in a statement. "For the second year in a row, our FBLA students will represent Newton County and the state of Georgia at the national competition. They are outstanding students and I am gratified to see their hard work and expertise recognized."