Category Archives: Testing & AYP

Guilty! APS Defendents Taken to Jail Today – April Fools’ Day, 2015

Wow.   Guilty verdicts reached for 11 of 12 in APS cheating trial Educators have said they faced pressure from supervisors to inflate standardized test scores to show gains in student achievement. Fulton County prosecutor Fani Willis told jurors that … Continue reading

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Good News about some Dekalb Schools!

Last week, the Georgia Department of Education announced that thirty-eight of the 235 schools on the DOE’s watchlist of struggling schools had improved enough to get off the list (http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/some-metro-atlanta-schools-make-it-off-struggling-/njXCn/). Three Dekalb County schools –Indian Creek Elementary, Martin Luther King … Continue reading

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Oh my how we need an education-focused superintendent

Michael Thurmond’s work here is done. It is well past time to replace him with someone who understands education and will focus on students and their teachers. DeKalb, Georgia School Scores Drop in 2014 The district’s average College and Career … Continue reading

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Converting McNair High School to a Start-Up Charter

[From Stan Jester’s Fact Checker blog] This evening at 5pm, the DeKalb Schools board will vote to approve converting Ronald McNair High School into a Start-Up Charter School over the next 6 years. As a start-up charter, DeKalb College & … Continue reading

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DeKalb Student Growth Percentile (SGP) vs the rest of the state

Stan Jester has posted yet another couple of fact-filled blog posts full of interesting information. First, New Data – Student Growth Percentile (SGP) The Georgia Department of Education released Student Growth Percentile (SGP) data yesterday. SGPs describe the amount of … Continue reading

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