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New data shows poor students behind in 'growth'

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As a group, Georgia’s poor students may be falling further behind their wealthier peers academically, according to a new yardstick intended to help measure school performance.

For the first time, the public got a look last week at student “growth” data that shows how much students at each school learned in a year, whether or not they passed state tests. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis shows that not only are low-income students less likely to pass exams but, based on this first year’s data, they’re progressing more slowly than wealthier classmates.

» USE OUR DATABASE: See how your child's school rates, growth-wise

» LET US EXPLAIN: How Georgia calculates its student growth measure

» VIDEO: What is student growth percentile? | DISCUSS: Chat on our "Get Schooled" blog

» LOCAL RESULTS: Atlanta | Cobb | DeKalb | Fulton | Gwinnett



Mixed results in End of Course Tests

Mixed results in End of Course Tests

The good news: Georgia’s public school students improved their performance in six of the eight End of Course Tests.

The not-so-good news: Metro Atlanta students are continuing to have trouble in math.

Data released Wednesday by the state Education Department showed more than one-half of students in several local districts did not meet state standards in several End of Course math-related tests taken this spring.



Analysis: Racial gaps remain in gifted programs

One morning this spring, Stanley Udekigbo and 20 other fifth graders at Lilburn Elementary School were acting out Shakespeare plays, typically taught in high school. Stanley is black, so his participation in this gifted program means he defied the odds. | GIFTED CLASSROOMS: What makes them different?

» TEST YOURSELF: CogAT test sample questions

» INTERACTIVE: The gifted gap in Metro Atlanta schools


Lottery takes in record profits for Georgia’s HOPE, pre-k programs

Another year, another record for the Georgia Lottery as it announced $945.1 million in profits for the recently completed fiscal year to benefit the state’s HOPE Scholarship for college students and early childhood pre-k programs.

The total surpassed last year’s record mark by more than $18 million. The timing couldn’t be better, since the 21-year-old lottery continues straining to keep pace with rising college enrollment and tuition.


Bad student writers: You get what you pay for

University of Georgia professor and frequent AJC Get Schooled contributor Peter Smagorinsky had a strong and immediate reaction to fellow academic Rick Diguette’s blog essay today on how ill prepared college freshmen are in writing.

And Smagorinsky put that reaction into a column. His piece will only make sense if you read Diguette’s essay as well.


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