All across Georgia, students, teachers and community volunteers are doing their part to help improve Georgia's high school graduation rate. In 2013, only 71.5 percent of high school students graduated with their classmates.
Why are Southerners so passionate about football? From Friday night lights to college championships to the Superbowl, people in the South love their pigskin. This week, we’re looking at why.
Friday, August 29, All Things Considered will broadcast from Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee. Legendary University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley joins host Rickey Bevington to talk about growing up in southern football culture, leading the winningest team in bulldogs history and his predictions for the future of the game.
Time is running out for people taking the current GED test. They have until Dec. 31 to complete all five portions of the high school equivalency exam. A new GED begins in January, and anyone who hasn’t completed the current exam will have to start over. This is the first change to the test in 12 years. The Technical College System administers the GED. Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner of adult education, says the new test is geared to better prepare students for college and careers.
The graduation rate in Georgia’s public high schools is up nearly two percent this year, according to figures released Wednesday. For the first time in three years, 71 percent of Georgia high school students received a diploma. This is the third year Georgia has used the adjusted Cohort Graduation rate, a more rigorous measure that allows the state to compare itself to the rest of the country.
State education officials have announced they've developed courses for a new education model geared toward helping students find potential career paths. Officials from the Georgia Department of Education say the career clusters framework will allow students to choose one of 17 career pathways based on what they'd like to study in college.
When the bell rang students back to Savannah's Beach High School this year, students and faculty came back to the news that the long-struggling school, filled with poor and at-risk students, now actually leads the district in some tests. That's a big change from just a few years ago when ambivalent students took failure for granted. Local school officials credit an influx of money and new leadership.
African-American groups and some education advocates want Georgia school officials to collect better data on what they call a "pipeline" from schools to prison. One Texas study tracked over a million kids and determined that -- even accounting for poverty and other factors -- black students were much more likely than whites to receive harsher punishment for similar non-violent and non-drug-related offenses like truancy, improper dress and using cell phones.