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Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 8:34am

Georgia Gets A+ for Education Standards

A new national report gives Georgia’s education standards an A+, but it shows students aren’t meeting them. The state nearly failed in student achievement.

The state does a great job of letting its public school teachers and students know what’s expected of them, according to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2010 report.

It gave Georgia a perfect score of 100 for its standards, but the state got a D+ for student achievement.

Matt Cardoza with the state Department of Education says the bad grade is based on old data and the 2009 numbers show improvement.

"Overall the new numbers show that Georgia did better and our students achievement is increasing, so we certainly expect that when that K-12 achievement grade comes out in their next report, we will have closed that gap."

Still Cardoza says it will take some time to see the stellar standards fully reflected in Georgia’s students.

"While our policies are in place and have been in place for several years, you don’t see the immediate achievement impact."

Other items in the report… for education funding, Georgia got a C+ ; it got a B- for its efforts to improve teaching.

Overall Georgia ranked 13 in the nation.

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