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End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

McIntosh HS students earn National Merit Scholarships

McIntosh HS students earn National Merit Scholarships

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Two graduating seniors at McIntosh High School have earned National Merit Scholarships to attend two of Georgia's top universities.

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Sara Adams will use her prize to major in media at the University of Georgia, while Amy Thornburg will put hers toward a degree in business administration from Georgia Tech.

The college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships provide deserving students an amount between $500 and $2,000 for up to four years of undergraduate study. Roughly 8,300 high school seniors earn the scholarship every year.

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Fayette County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Friday, May 25.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County

Ga. high school students take longer to earn diplomas

ATLANTA -- A new method of calculating graduation rates reveals that more high school students are dropping out than had been previously counted and some of them are taking five or even six years to earn a diploma.

According to reports the new formula was released last week. It shows that Georgia's 2011 graduation rate dropped 13 percentage points using the calculation, to 67.4 percent.

RELATED | Compare graduation rates by school

Ga. Connections Academy expanding

Ga. Connections Academy expanding

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy, the state's public virtual charter school, is expanding to include high school students for the 2012-2013 school year.

Any student in Georgia can enroll in the tuition-free school.

Several enrollment sessions throughout metro Atlanta are planned in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, Apr. 16
6:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, 2010 North Commerce Drive, Peachtree City

Tuesday, Apr. 17
6:30 p.m.
Residence Inn, 6096 Barfield Road, Sandy Springs

Thursday, Apr. 19
6:30 p.m.
Starbucks, 2580 Windy Hill Road, Smyrna

Monday, Apr. 30
6:30 p.m.
Fairfield Inn, 30 Mill Road, McDonough

Monday, May 7
6:30 p.m.
Hampton Inn, 14460 Paras Drive, Covington

Tuesday, May 8
5:30 p.m.
Douglas County Public Library, 6810 Selman Drive, Douglasville