Georgia high school students improved on six out of the eight 2014 End-of-Course Tests compared to last year, according to the Georgia Department of Education.
One test, U.S. History, saw no change from last year and another test, analytic geometry, was new this year.
“Students and teachers are getting more and more comfortable with our standards and the results are showing it,” state School Superintendent John Barge said in a release.
Tests and subject matter are becoming more rigorous as schools implement the new Common Core standards, particularly in math. Both the EOCT and its middle and elementary equivalent -- the CRCT -- will change in 2015. The tests will be more rigorous, with more open-ended questions.
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On the new analytic geometry test, 35 percent of students met or exceeded the standard this year.
Georgia College hosts Flannery O’Connor institute
Throughout July, Georgia College will host 25 college and university faculty members as part of the Flannery O’Connor National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute.
A nearly $194,000 grant will fund the four-week summer institute as scholars delve into the works of the writer and Georgia College alumna, according to a release.
It is the second time Georgia College has received the grant to fund a summer institute centered on O’Connor’s works. The participants who attended the last institute in 2007 went on to publish three books, 20 articles and 60 papers.
Selected lectures and readings are free and open to the public. All lectures start at 7:30 p.m. and will take place at the Old Governor’s Mansion Education Building. The lectures are July 7, July 9, July 10, July 14, July 16, July 21, July 22 and July 23.
Hawthorne named board chairwoman of Central Ga. Tech
Sarah Hawthorne, president and founder of AlphaSkills -- a Georgia literacy organization -- and retired educator, was recently elected as chairwoman of the board of directors for Central Georgia Technical College.
Hawthorne, a resident of Twiggs County, has served as vice chair following the July 2013 merger of the former Central Georgia Tech and Middle Georgia Technical College. She will serve a one-year term that begins July 1.
Danny Carpenter, retired superintendent for the Houston County Board of Education, was elected vice chairman.
Writer Jenna Mink compiled this article.