It will cost more for schools to measure students’ graduation readiness next year. “Whatever we do, there is going to be an increased expense with the assessment,” said Melissa Fincher, the associate superintendent for assessment and accountability at the Georgia Department of Education.
None of the DeKalb County school system's commencement ceremonies will take place in places of worship this year in response to parent complaints. The ceremonies will instead be hosted at secular venues or outdoor stadiums.
The University of Georgia will ban backpacks in the school's football stadium during its commencement ceremony on May 10. UGA's spring undergraduate ceremony typically draws tens of thousands of spectators. The tightened security comes after a bombing at the Boston Marathon killed three and injured hundreds.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is eliminating summer commencement ceremonies to save money. The Atlanta university announced that it will hold two commencement ceremonies each year -- one in the fall and another in the spring.
An analysis shows that nearly twice as many Georgia students dropped out of school than were earlier reported. The discrepancy arose this year because federal officials are making states apply stricter rules when calculating graduation rates.