he National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a non-profit organization launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States, announced today that its comprehensive Advanced Placement* (AP) program for military families is being expanded this fall to Georgia’s Northside High School, Perry High School , Veterans High School, Houston County High School, Warner Robins High School, and Bradwell Institute near Warner Robins Air Force Base and Fort Stewart, thanks to a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).
National Math and Science Initiative Announces $3.4 Million Grant from DoDEA to Expand AP Program in Georgia – PR Newswire
Georgia schools are getting grades that look a lot like the report cards that go home with students. And about half of schools in Northwest Georgia appear to be earning above-average marks.
As part of the state’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act, officials rewrote the rules for judging school performance. And the new measurement, called the College and Career Ready Performance Index, doles out grades on a 100-point scale.
Such a framework should be easier for parents to understand. State officials say the new measure takes some of the high stakes off the previous Adequate Yearly Progress yardstick, which measured school performance by using math and reading scores.
Georgia parents now have another report card to review, but this time it includes scores on the schools their children attend.
State education officials released the scores Tuesday under Georgia’s new accountability system, dubbed the College and Career Ready Performance Index. It’s a shift from the way schools have been evaluated for the past decade, and it is the first time schools have been graded in such detail.
Overall, school administrators applaud the new system, saying it’s fair and more helpful than the previous system under the No Child Left Behind law.
State Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) on Tuesday.
The CCRPI is the state’s new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement.
“There are definitely pluses to the new system. It’s not a simple pass/fail measurement,” said Lilian Govus spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Schools.
Govus said the district welcomes the state’s new system of determining how well a school does at getting students ready for the future.
“It’s given us opportunities to look at other areas where we can add additional resources so that we can help our teachers and our students,” said Govus. “When they do graduate from our district they will be prepared for college or the career of their choice or the military.”
Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge wanted the audience at the Cobb GOP’s Saturday breakfast to know he’s not to blame for the controversial Common Core Standards.