Education briefs: State offers option to test out of some courses

February 12, 2014 

State offers option to test out of some courses

The Georgia Department of Education is offering students an opportunity to exempt out of courses if they score well on an exam.

To earn credit for the class, the student must perform at the “exceeds” level on the End of Course Test associated with that subject, according to a news release. The test fee is $50, but students who achieve the “exceeds” rating will receive a full refund.

The test-out option is available March 3-6 and June 16-20. It is available for the following courses: ninth-grade literature, American literature, coordinate algebra, analytic geometry, physical science, biology, U.S. history and economics, the release states.

To be eligible for this option, the release states that students must:

• Not be currently or previously enrolled in the course nor currently or previously enrolled in a higher level course;

• Have earned at least a grade of “B” in the most recent course that is the same content area of the course for which the student is attempting to exempt;

• Have received a recommendation from the teacher of the most recent course in the same content area (or, if not available, a teacher in the same content area with knowledge of the student’s academic achievement) for which the student is attempting to test; and

• Have parent or guardian permission if the student is younger than 18 years old.

School bus art project wins award

An art project using 3,248 milk cartons has won Matt Arthur Elementary School $2,500.

The school won the People’s Choice Award, determined by online voting, in the Made by Milk contest, “Drink it. Think it. Make it. Win it,” according to a news release.

The school’s Art Club used the milk cartons to create a school bus in which the only other supplies used were appliance boxes, glue, paint and poster board. Art teacher Karen Manion led the activity, and Gloria Howard, a lunch room monitor, saved milk cartons each day, the release states.

The school plans to use the winnings on an outdoor garden classroom.

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association holds essay competition

The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association announced the start of the 7th Amendment Scholarship Essay Competition, which is designed to recognize college-bound high school seniors. Students should answer the question, “Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury has been the cornerstone of the Civil Justice System. And yet, in the two-plus centuries since, the Right to Trial by Jury has been under near-constant assault. In your opinion, what role does the 7th Amendment play in the 21st Century, and why do you believe that it is important to safeguard this Right?”

To apply for the competition, students should submit a completed application and essay to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association by April 7. A $1,000 grand prize winner and $500 first runner-up will be recognized at the group’s annual convention. The one-time scholarship is non-renewable.

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-- Staff reports

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