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Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Cherokee County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 96.81
Math: 85.34
Science: 85.82
Social Studies: 88.03

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning." 

Seamless Summer feeds Cherokee students

Seamless Summer feeds Cherokee students

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County School District has joined the USDA's Seamless Summer program to feed children during the summer months.

Seamless Summer provides free breakfasts and lunches to children under age 18. No registration is required.

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"We work diligently to ensure we serve meals to as many children as we can through the summer," Cherokee County School District school nutrition supervisor Susan Turner said in a statement. "We take meals out into the community in an attempt to reach as many children as we can."

Cherokee County's Seamless Summer locations include:

Canton ES
June 11-21
Breakfast: 8:05 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

All Cherokee high schools offering more AP classes

All Cherokee high schools offering more AP classes

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- All six of Cherokee County's public high schools will offer new Advanced Placement courses in the STEM subjects during the upcoming school year.

The new courses will be added through a nationwide grant program called the AP STEM Access Program.

To qualify for the program, a school must show the potential for increased STEM course participation by women and minorities, and the likelihood that most students will earn passing scores of 3 or higher on the national end-of-course exams.

"Because of this grant, thousands of students will have new opportunities for advanced learning that will better prepare them for college and their future careers," Charles Best, founder and CEO of DonorsChoose.org, said in a statement. DonorsChoose.org distributed the AP STEM Access Program funding with a $5 million grant from Google's Global Impact Awards.

Sequoyah HS equestrian wins national titles

Sequoyah HS equestrian wins national titles

CANTON, Ga. -- A rising junior at Sequoyah High School won two National Championship titles at a recent tournament.

Ashley Bates placed first in Hunter Over Fences and Hunter on the Flat at the Riders Interscholastic Federation of North America National Horse Show.

The tournament was held May 18 and 19 at In Your Dreams Farm in Alpharetta.

Bates is president of Sequoyah High's Equestrian Club.

Valedictorians, salutatorians honored

Valedictorians, salutatorians honored

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Cherokee County School District has announced its valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2013.

The top students were recognized during a banquet last week.

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This year's valedictorians and salutatorians are:

Cherokee HS
Valedictorian: Jebb Ricketts
Salutatorian: Taylor Wilson

Creekview HS
Valedictorian: Victoria Cochran
Salutatorian: Kasey Perrin

Etowah HS
Valedictorian: Madison Miracle
Salutatorian: Ahila Manivannan

River Ridge HS
Valedictorian: Raj Patel
Salutatorian: Ian Donn

Sequoyah HS
Valedictorian: Margaret Hartman
Salutatorian: Anna King

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."