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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Education says Georgia is at high risk of losing $33 million dollars in Race To The Top funds. Federal officials are concerned over changes to the state’s teacher evaluation program.
A bigger share of Georgia students are defaulting on federal student loans. The latest figures from the US Education Department show, last year, 9% of the state's student borrowers defaulted on their loans within the first two-years of repayment. That's up from 6% in the two previous years. Experts blame a weak job market and rising tuition.
Georgia is a finalist in the "Race to the Top," a federal incentive for education reform. The state is one of 19 finalists the U.S. Department of Education has chosen for the second round of the federal grants. U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan says not all finalists will make the cut. Only two states were awarded the grants in the first Race to the Top round. Georgia came in third.
UGA researcher Scott Ardoin has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to study various approaches to teaching reading. Ardoin will use eye-tracking technology to determine the best strategy for increasing language and vocabulary. The study will explore the reading fluency of second graders at a local school district.