The Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday that the “Needs Improvement” label was removed from nearly 100 Georgia schools.

The state’s annual Adequate Yearly Progress report was released Tuesday afternoon. State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox said the number of schools losing the “Needs Improvement” label shows just how much hard work is going on throughout the state.

“These schools have been taking bold steps and have been making smart, data-driven decisions for instruction their students, and it is paying off,” Cox stated.

Nearly 79 percent of schools made Adequate Yearly Progress even with the state’s new, more rigorous curriculum implemented this past school year. Many of the tests used to determine AYP were more difficult this year.

Additionally, the bar for making AYP was raised in high schools this year. More students had to pass the Georgia High School Graduation Tests in English and math in order for high schools to meet the academic goals.



For full story, please see the July 14, 2006 edition of The Union-Recorder.

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