Summer camp helps students pass graduation test

A new state summer camp aimed to help high school students pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test seemed to have helped thousands of students reach that goal.

According to a Georgia Department of Education news release, more than 2,000 students got two weeks of intensive science and social studies instruction June 8-18 at different sites around the state, called Exam Preparation for Science and Social Studies (ExPreSS).

In the midstate, students attended camp at Westside High in Bibb County, Baldwin County High in Milledgeville and West Laurens High in Laurens County.

The state-funded course was aimed to help students who had not passed the GHSGT in those sections.

Those students then had the opportunity to take a graduation retest June 19 and about 1,400, or 68 percent, who retested passed the sections. State officials say the retest passage rate was double the rate from last year.

“We knew that with just a little bit of focus and intensity many of these students would pass the test and be a step closer to getting their diploma,” said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. “I’m very pleased with the results and I am grateful for the collaborative efforts of many great educators across the state.”