Our network

Schools

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

(WXIA) -- The public school graduation rate in Georgia continues to climb.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the state's graduation rate was 71.5 percent in 2013 -- almost two points higher than in 2012 and four points above 2011's rate.

Every state uses a U.S. Department of Education-mandated four-year adjusted cohort rate to calculate graduations. It tracks the number of students who graduate from high school within the standard four years.

State superintendent Dr. John Barge said the more rigorous calculation method still shows an increase in Georgia's graduation rate.

"Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers," Barge said in a statement.

Cherokee County's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 78 percent.

GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.

Teacher who struggled to learn now helps kids like her

Teacher who struggled to learn now helps kids like her

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Pat Brunner watched her daughter, Gina, struggle in school from the time she first learned to read.

"She could not sound out words," Brunner said. "She couldn't tell the difference between a long A and a short A. Her stomach started bothering her because she knew she was falling behind and couldn't do anything about it."

"I just remember crying through homework and it was awful," Gina said.

By fourth grade, Brunner tried to find a solution. She got tutors for Gina, but she also tried to determine the problem.

"I really looked at her Iowa Basic Scores Test," she said. That's how she learned Gina has a problem with auditory processing.

Then, in fifth grade, everything changed.

That's when Marquita Caberea (who later became Mrs. Nickell) became Gina's teacher.

Reward Schools: Cherokee County

Reward Schools: Cherokee County

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2013 list of Reward Schools throughout the state.

Reward School distinction is given in two categories.

A Highest Performance School is a Title I school, or a low-income school that receives federal funding, with the highest student performance on statewide exams over three years.

High Progress Schools are Title I schools with the most improved performance among all students on statewide exams.

Cherokee County's 2013 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performance
* Woodstock ES

River Ridge HS honored for Random Acts of Kindness

River Ridge HS honored for Random Acts of Kindness

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Students at River Ridge High School in Woodstock recently made gift bags for local firefighters and police officers.

They were recognized by 11Alive News education reporter Donna Lowry for their kind act.

See more Random Acts of Kindness.

Chattahoochee Tech job fair open to the public

Chattahoochee Tech job fair open to the public

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will hold a large job fair for students and the community later this month.

The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school's North Metro Campus in Acworth.

More than 60 employers are scheduled to attend, according to CTC Career Services Coordinator Lucylle Shelton. Participating companies include Aaron's, Inc.; American Family Insurance; CarMax; CNN; Kaiser Permanente; and MARTA.

"Employers are looking for applicants with up-to-date skills who can talk about their skills and are confident about what they have to offer," said CTC Career Services Specialist Annette Davis. "There is a big demand for applicants with hands-on experience who are educated in their field. Those are the types of students we have at Chattahoochee Technical College."

Job fair attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring plenty of copies of their résumés.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.