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Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette County

PROBE College Fair coming to Fayette County

TYRONE, Ga. -- The PROBE College Fair will stop in Fayette County next week.

The fair, which features representatives from nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country, will be at Sandy Creek High School on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Learn more about the PROBE College Fair.

Sandy Creek High is located at 360 Jenkins Road in Tyrone.

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)

Monday is the first day of school

Monday is the first day of school

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially over in almost all of metro Atlanta.

A number of districts begin their school years Monday, including Clayton, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton, Hall and Griffin-Spalding counties, as well as the city of Gainesville.

Be part of 11Alive's school celebration! Submit your pictures of the first day of the 2013-14 school year to our back to school photo gallery.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

School system needs bus drivers

School system needs bus drivers

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Board of Education is looking for substitute school bus drivers for the 2013-14 school year.

All county school bus drivers start as substitutes before becoming full-time drivers. They are paid $25 per route, or $50 a day, for morning (6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.) and afternoon (2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) drives.

No previous experience is required. All potential drivers must undergo driving history and criminal background checks.

Learn more and read testimonials from current Fayette County school bus drivers at fcboe.org.

7 Fayette schools earn grants from Kroger

7 Fayette schools earn grants from Kroger

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Seven Fayette County elementary and middle schools have earned grants for their educational programs from Kroger's Atlanta Division.

The grants were given through the grocery chain's Earning Plus Learning program.

Crabapple Lane Elementary is the latest school to receive funds. Kroger gave the Peachtree City school $1,800 for its scrapbook detailing the ways students tried to "Go for the Gold" during the last school year.

"Thank you to the Kroger Corporation for sponsoring the 'Earning Plus Learning' program and providing support to our education system," Crabapple Lane Elementary principal Doe Evans said in a statement.

Other Fayette County schools to benefit from Earning Plus Learning include J.C. Booth Middle, Braelinn Elementary, Sara Harp Minter Elementary, North Fayette Elementary, Peachtree City Elementary and Peeples Elementary.