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Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."

School is (almost!) out in Forsyth County

School is (almost!) out in Forsyth County

CUMMING, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Forsyth County Schools, the last day is Friday, May 24.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County
Gwinnett County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County

Video contest for middle school students

Video contest for middle school students

CUMMING, Ga. -- The "@ my stop -- U stop!" video contest for Forsyth County middle school students will open later this week.

The contest is for students in grades 6-8. Videos must be no longer than one minute and should show the importance of cars stopping for school buses.

Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday, Apr. 18. The contest closes on Oct. 1.

Get all the details at forsythcountyschools.org.

The winning video will be shown on the Forsyth County Schools YouTube channel.

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2013 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Some of the most talented young performers in Georgia have been recognized with nominations for the 2013 Shuler Hensley Awards.

The awards program honors the best high school musical theater productions in the state.

It is named for Cobb County native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who has won a number of prestigious awards, including a Tony.

RELATED | Shuler Hensley named artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State

This year's Shuler Hensley Awards nominees were announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony will be held Apr. 18 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The nominees include:

Best Overall Production

* Avenue Q
Atlanta International School, Buckhead

* Les Misérables
Buford High School

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

Educators gain access to new Teacher Resource Link

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education launched the Teachers Resource Link (TRL) on Tuesday, giving educators access to digital resources that go along with Georgia's K-12 curriculum.

Mat Cardoza of GaDOE Communications reported that the TRL was developed to help facilitate teachers when they look for digital materials for students to use, based on their academic performance. By using the TRL, the state can quickly find those resources the students need to excel in the classroom.

There are 18,000 digital resources currently that make up the TRL, based on Georgia standards for K-12 teachers, Cardoza said. Every teacher has the same information coming from the same knowledge base. 

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said, "These kinds of tools are invaluable because they save our teachers a tremendous amount of time and will ultimately help our students be college and career ready because they are getting the best instruction possible."

4 Forsyth schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

4 Forsyth schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

CUMMING, Ga. -- Four Forsyth County high schools are among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

Forsyth's AP Merit Schools are Forsyth Central, Lambert, South Forsyth and West Forsyth.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

"Georgia's students continue to outperform most of their peers throughout the country on Advanced Placement exams," State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "These results show that Georgia's students can compete against any students in the nation."

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

18 Ga. schools to compete in regional science bowl

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Twenty Southeast schools will compete later this month for a chance to attend the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl.

The regional bowl will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.

Eighteen schools from Georgia and two from Florida will battle for a paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national bowl in late April.

Teams from Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Fla., Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla., and these Georgia schools, many of which are in metro Atlanta, will compete in the regional event: