The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing eight Georgia public schools and one private school as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools. State education officials announced the awards Tuesday. Nationally, 264 public and 50 private schools were recognized for their overall academic excellence or for making progress in closing the achievement gap.
A recent report by The Broad Foundation is recognizing six urban school districts for boosting participation and performance among black students on Advancement Placement exams. Fulton County Schools and Cobb County School District in metro Atlanta are among those half-dozen districts.
The U.S. Department of Education announced that several school districts in Georgia are in the running for a portion of a $400 million prize in the Race To The Top school district competition. The Department of Education expects to choose between 15 and 25 winning districts by Dec. 31.
A growing number of school systems in Georgia are converting into charter districts to gain flexibility from state rules in exchange for promises of improved student performance. The state started with a handful of charter districts at first, but now more than a dozen have converted.