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Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

(WXIA) -- The public school graduation rate in Georgia continues to climb.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the state's graduation rate was 71.5 percent in 2013 -- almost two points higher than in 2012 and four points above 2011's rate.

Every state uses a U.S. Department of Education-mandated four-year adjusted cohort rate to calculate graduations. It tracks the number of students who graduate from high school within the standard four years.

State superintendent Dr. John Barge said the more rigorous calculation method still shows an increase in Georgia's graduation rate.

"Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers," Barge said in a statement.

Cherokee County's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 78 percent.

Creekland MS academic bowl teams win high school tournament

Creekland MS academic bowl teams win high school tournament

CANTON, Ga. -- Two academic bowl teams from Creekland Middle School placed first and second, respectively in a recent tournament, despite being made up of some of the youngest students at the event.

Creekland's A Team won the tournament, while the B Team came in second, according to school principal Dr. Deborah Wiseman. The event was made up primarily of high school teams.

Academic bowl rules allow each team to have as many as five members. The Creekland teams each had four participants.

GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.

CCSD Students Continue to Exceed State Averages

Cherokee County School District students continue to exceed their classmates statewide on the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT), with 99 percent of students passing it on their first attempt.

Students in the 11th grade are required to pass the test in order to show mastery of essential writing skills and earn a regular education diploma.

Teacher who struggled to learn now helps kids like her

Teacher who struggled to learn now helps kids like her

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Pat Brunner watched her daughter, Gina, struggle in school from the time she first learned to read.

"She could not sound out words," Brunner said. "She couldn't tell the difference between a long A and a short A. Her stomach started bothering her because she knew she was falling behind and couldn't do anything about it."

"I just remember crying through homework and it was awful," Gina said.

By fourth grade, Brunner tried to find a solution. She got tutors for Gina, but she also tried to determine the problem.

"I really looked at her Iowa Basic Scores Test," she said. That's how she learned Gina has a problem with auditory processing.

Then, in fifth grade, everything changed.

That's when Marquita Caberea (who later became Mrs. Nickell) became Gina's teacher.

Sequoyah HS student among National Achievement semi-finalists

Sequoyah HS student among National Achievement semi-finalists

CANTON, Ga. -- A senior at Sequoyah High School is among the semi-finalists for the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship.

Michael Ojose will now go on to compete for one of 800 scholarships that will be offered this spring.

The National Achievement Scholarship is offered to some of the nation's best and brightest African-American high school students every year.

Ojose was recognized by the Cherokee County School Board during its Oct. 17 meeting.

Author Lois Ruby visits Macedonia ES

Author Lois Ruby visits Macedonia ES

CANTON, Ga. -- Some fifth grade students at Macedonia Elementary School recently got the chance to meet one of their favorite authors.

After reading Lois Ruby's novel Steal Away Home, the children in Nancy Baker's class were thrilled when Ruby visited the school last Friday.

The students dressed up as characters from the novel to hear Ruby speak in the Canton school's media center.

"Students were captivated with Mrs. Ruby's stories, and Mrs. Ruby was thrilled to see the students dressed in character for her visit," Macedonia Elementary principal Tammy Castleberry said.

Steal Away Home is the story of a 12-year-old girl who finds a hidden room in her family's home -- and a skeleton inside. She eventually learns that her house was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the skeleton belongs to a former slave named Lizbet.