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First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

FULTON 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.

RELATED | Year-round school begins Monday

In Fulton County, the first day of school is Monday, Aug. 12.

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

Year-Round school opens today in Atlanta

Year-Round school opens today in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- It's the first day of school for students in several metro Atlanta Year-round schools.

The idea of just having a six or seven week summer break grew in popularity a few years ago, but while some schools have abandoned the idea. A few schools still find it works for them.

In the Atlanta Public Schools, there are three year-round schools: Boyd Elementary, Centennial Place Elementary and Hutchinson Elementary Schools.

Clayton County has one year-round school, Elite Scholars Academy, a charter school.

Last week, the school's leadership team met to start preparing for 300 middle and high school students. The school has a good academic record

During the 2012-2013 school year, on the state's new accountability system, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), Elite Scholars middle school was one of only two schools in the state to score 100 percent. The high school scored 80 percent.

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

Reading: 93.24
Math: 81.51
Science: 80.02
Social Studies: 84.8

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." 

School district celebrates African-American AP performance

School district celebrates African-American AP performance

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A new report names Fulton County Schools as one of six urban districts nationwide to successfully increase African-American participation and success in Advanced Placement courses.

The report, "The Road to Equity: Expanding AP Access and Success for African-American Students," was created by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

It explains how black students in Fulton County Schools have improved their AP passing rates enough to gain on their white classmates, and how more and more black students have shown interest in taking AP courses.

"This report is eye-opening in how well our schools are doing, but to reach our strategic goal of increased college preparedness, we have to do more to engage all of our minority student populations," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa said in a statement.

Fulton County Schools see graduation rates on steady rise

Fulton County Schools see graduation rates on steady rise

FULTON COUNTY -- In 2012-2013 school year, the Fulton County School System saw an increase in graduation rates, continued from a 2011 rise. 

In 2011, seniors had a 70.1 percent graduation rate, followed by 71.3 percent for 2013, a spokeswoman for Fulton County Schools reported. Throughout the schools, nine saw the rise in rates. Roswell High School was among the top with a 12-point jump. 

"It's great that 71 percent of our students are successfully finishing high school, but that also means more than a quarter of our students are being left behind," Superintendent Robert Avossa said. "One of our strategic focuses is to increase graduation rates to 90 percent by 2017."

Avossa pointed out that support from parents and the community are key helpers to achieve Fulton County's graduation goal. 

Fulton Co. Schools makes changes to Continuous Achievement framework

Fulton Co. Schools makes changes to Continuous Achievement framework

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System is altering the framework of the Continuous Achievement model, which plays a role in how math and reading material is delivered to students. 

By using Continuous Achievement, students can learn at a level that suits them, allowing for further academic acceleration and achievement. 

The model, according to a spokeswoman for FCS, is ranked for academic placement, and reported twice per semester, starting at 2.1, 2.2, 3.1 as levels move up. That level will also be included in report cards and progress checklists. 

"This is exciting for Fulton County Schools. By promoting innovation, Continuous Achievement is consistent with our vision as a charter system," Superintendent Robert Avossa said. "It really gets to what we're about - customizing students' learning experiences so they can learn to their full potential."