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

Reading: 95.07
Math: 82.29
Science: 84.08
Social Studies: 86.76

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

Graduation rates in Coweta County

Graduation rates in Coweta County

NEWNAN, 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 Coweta County, the graduation rate was 79.7 percent -- well above the state average.

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The rates for individual public high schools include:

School is (almost!) out in Coweta County

School is (almost!) out in Coweta County

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

For Coweta 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
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

Life & relationship strategist Kenny Pugh launches program for teen pregnancy

In support and partnership with The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Life & Relationship Strategist, Author and Speaker,Kenny Pugh (http://www.kennypugh.com) will launch Abstinence Matters

8 Coweta students among Governor's Honors finalists

8 Coweta students among Governor's Honors finalists

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Eight students from four Coweta County high schools have been selected for the prestigious Governor's Honors Program.

GHP gives talented high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to study areas in which they excel. It is a four-week summer program hosted by Valdosta State University.

RELATED | Coweta County announces 2013 STAR Students

Nearly 3,000 students from across Georgia were named semifinalists for the honor. That number was whittled down to 690 finalists.

Coweta County's eight GHP finalists were picked from 47 nominees. They include:

Central Education Center
* Mitchell Busby, technology

East Coweta HS
* Josue Araya, visual arts
* Dakota Becker, visual arts

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

UWG gala to honor notable alumni

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia will hold its 2013 Alumni Association Awards Gala on Saturday, Apr. 20.

The gala, "An Evening with the Stars," will be at the school's Townsend Center for Performing Arts. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by a 7 p.m. ceremony.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at westga.edu.

This year's honorees include Dr. Laurie N. Barron ('99), principal of Smokey Road Middle School in Newnan; UWG Director of the Center for Public History Dr. Keith Hébert ('98); GlendonTodd Capital investor and operating partner John Harris ('71, '73); and former NASA mathematician Jimmy Akin ('64).

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."