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Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

Atlanta communities help students in need get school supplies

ATLANTA -- Parents are in the Back to School swing as class start dates for local students are just around the corner. 

Organizations throughout Atlanta recognize that many children may lack school supplies and resources to get them before hitting the classroom. To help, several organizations are accepting donations of school supplies and giving them to kids in need. 

The United Methodist Children's Home provides school supplies to both children involved in their programs and Atlanta area children in need. If you are in need of school supplies in the Atlanta area contact Noelle Owen. To donate school supplies you may drop them off at the UMCH office in Decatur, Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Noelle Owen: nowen@umchildrenshome.org

United Methodist Children's Home  500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30030  (404) 327-5820

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

Cobb School Board approves $3 million digital math education

MARIETTA, Ga. -- With only two weeks to go before 107,000 students return to Cobb County schools, a big question remains: if the county goes digital in teaching math, will there be enough money to make it work and bring up test scores?

The answer came after more than an hour of debating as the Cobb Board of Education voted 4-3 to approve a $3 million jump into the digital age of mathematics education.

But it fell far short of an $8 million proposal that the board voted down in April. That deal included printed text books in addition to digital content. 

The deal that passed on Wednesday only involves printed texts for advanced courses. The rest of the math teaching experience will be digital.

Despite the okay to go ahead with this latest deal, parents were outraged that cutting the teaching and learning materials in less than half will affect the learning experience.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Cobb County, the first day of school is Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

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

Reading: 94.06
Math: 82.07
Science: 83.01
Social Studies: 87.76

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." 

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."

5 Cobb students named Gates Millennium Scholars

5 Cobb students named Gates Millennium Scholars

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Five high school seniors from Cobb County have received the 2013 Gates Millennium Scholarship.

The award, which covers four years' worth of tuition and fees for any college or university in the country, is awarded annually to some of the best and brightest minority students in the U.S. Money for the program comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Cobb County's Gates Millennium Scholars include:

Campbell HS
Queentela Benjamin

Kennesaw Mountain HS
Jayson Toweh

South Cobb HS
Brittany Davis
Halimo Hasaan
Nnennia Magazwu

(CCSD CobbCast)