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End-of-Course Test results released

End-of-Course Test results released

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education released system-level results for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) Tuesday morning.

Parents and students can now visit the Georgia Department of Education's website to see how students in their school system performed. Results for individual schools will be released by July 31.

EOCT tests are more important than ever because they have replaced the graduation tests that kept many students from getting a diploma.

The tests now count for 20% of a student's final grade, up from 15%.

By 2015, students will have to pass all eight tests, spread over their course of their high school careers, to graduate.

17 North Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

17 North Fulton students named National Merit Scholars

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A grand total of 17 more recent graduates from six Fulton County high schools have been named National Merit Scholars.

The students were selected from among the best and brightest young people in the country. In addition to the distinction, they will receive sizable scholarships from participating colleges.

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Fulton County's newest National Merit Scholarship winners include:

Alpharetta High School
Andrew J. Mathes
Kunal D. Naik
Alexander E. Young

Johns Creek High School
Kevin H. Sun

New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine Fulton County schools will have new principals when classes resume in the fall.

The nine appointments were approved during a school board meeting last week.

"I'm pleased to welcome our new principals and know they will be an excellent addition to the Fulton County Schools team," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. "Their leadership has made their current schools stand out, and I'm confident they will do the same in their new positions."

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

Ga. Connections Academy gets high marks from parents

ATLANTA -- Georgia Connections Academy has made the grade.

The state's first free virtual charter school received very positive feedback from the parents of its students during the 2011-12 school year.

Almost 90 percent of the parents who responded to a survey gave the school a grade of either A or B, and 92 percent they would recommend GACA to other parents. Eighty-five percent of parents said they were more satisfied with GACA than with their children's previous schools.

About 52 percent of the school's 610 families responded to the survey, according to GACA officials.

"Our parent satisfaction survey really illustrates our commitment to accountability," principal Heather Robinson said in a statement. "We value this parent feedback and use it to help make our virtual school program better. I am very pleased with the results, in particular the positive feedback about our teachers and the curriculum."

As Students End School Year, Boys & Girls Clubs Offers Way to Fight “Summer Brain Drain"

ATLANTA -- This month, millions of kids begin their summer breaks, looking forward to vacations, pool time and carefree days. But studies and experience show a lack of mental stimulation causes them to unlearn much of what they were taught over the school year.  Boys & Girls Clubs across the country offer young people a safe, exciting place to spend their summer months, with staff and resources to fight the effects of this “Summer Brain Drain.”

The reality for today’s kids is that many will find themselves with few structured activities, caregivers who are working all day, and too much unsupervised television, video game and computer time.

President Touts Concerns Over Summer Learning

Also known as “summer learning loss” or the “summer slide,” this issue is a growing problem for American children.  In 2010, President Obama noted, “Students are losing a lot of what they learn during the school year during the summer.”

Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

Fulton County Schools celebrates Professionals of the Year

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County School System has recognized two behind-the-scenes professionals who make every school day run smoothly.

The 2012-2013 Professional and Support Professional of the Year include a technology specialist and a bus driver, both of whom brighten students' school days with their kindness and expertise.

Fulton County's two winners will be celebrated with their fellow honorees at a special luncheon in the fall.

James Stewart
School Professional of the Year

Stewart has been with Fulton County Schools for 23 years and became a technology specialist when the position was first introduced. He has filled several roles since then, but never forgot his original love, and returned to the job of technology specialist in 2011.

At Roswell's Esther Jackson Elementary, Stewart keeps classroom technology working and accessible for students -- and spreads a little magic on a daily basis.

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

ATLANTA -- The last day of school is right around the corner for Fulton County students.

Public schools will dismiss for the summer on Friday, May 18.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Decatur City Schools
DeKalb County
Rockdale County