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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.

Cobb County's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 76.5 percent.

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.

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Chattahoochee Tech job fair open to the public

Chattahoochee Tech job fair open to the public

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Chattahoochee Technical College will hold a large job fair for students and the community later this month.

The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school's North Metro Campus in Acworth.

More than 60 employers are scheduled to attend, according to CTC Career Services Coordinator Lucylle Shelton. Participating companies include Aaron's, Inc.; American Family Insurance; CarMax; CNN; Kaiser Permanente; and MARTA.

"Employers are looking for applicants with up-to-date skills who can talk about their skills and are confident about what they have to offer," said CTC Career Services Specialist Annette Davis. "There is a big demand for applicants with hands-on experience who are educated in their field. Those are the types of students we have at Chattahoochee Technical College."

Job fair attendees are asked to dress professionally and bring plenty of copies of their résumés.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

Holy Innocents’ Stacey Davis named Male Sport Coach of the Year

Holy Innocents’ Stacey Davis named Male Sport Coach of the Year

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the sports management and marketing service XL212 have named Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Varsity Wrestling Coach Stacey Davis as the Male Sport Coach of the year for 2012-2013.

 The award, presented Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Atlanta Athletic Club, was given in recognition of Davis’ outstanding academic, athletic and civic accomplishments.

“Stacey is an all-around great coach, and we are very proud to have him as a part of our coaching staff,” said Ruth Donahoo, Holy Innocents' athletics director. “His knowledge, love of the sport and work ethic are what makes him so successful. What an outstanding role model for our students.”

Aug. 30 named College Colors Day at KSU

Aug. 30 named College Colors Day at KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Friday, Aug. 30 will be designated College Colors Day at Kennesaw State University, the school announced Monday.

This is the seventh year in a row the university has hosted a College Colors Day in Kennesaw and surrounding cities.

KSU President Dan Papp and Athletic Director Vaughn Williams plan to meet on Monday, Aug. 26 to sign the College Colors Day proclamation. They will be joined by the mayors of several nearby towns, including Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood, Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and Powder Springs Mayor Patricia Vaughn.

College Colors Day kicks off the university's fall athletic season and gives Owls fans a chance to proudly show off their black and gold.