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College and Career Readiness: Floyd County

College and Career Readiness: Floyd County

ATLANTA – We now have the latest information on how well Georgia students are performing academically.

The Georgia Department of Education released its latest College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) Monday morning.

The CCRPI measures on a scale from 1-100 how schools are performing. It adds another 10 points to schools with students enrolled in high-level academic courses or with high performing students in certain areas, including special education, those learning English and in high poverty areas.

To make sure there is an "apples to apples" comparison of the scores, the state has revised last year's numbers to make them more in-line with this year's calculations.

The state first released the CCRPI in 2012 as a new statewide accountability system. The release of the scores in May 2013 was considered a "study year." The DOE received feedback from school district and this year revised the CCPRI.

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

Ga. Race to the Top 'Year Three' Report

(WXIA) -- The U.S. Department of Education recently released its "Year Three" Report for the 12 states participating in the Race to the Top grant initiative.

Educational practices and successes in Georgia were highlighted throughout the report.

"We have taken on some major initiatives and our success is a direct reflection of the collaborative efforts between our department, other education agencies and the hundreds of participating teachers, principals and district leaders around our state," Dr. Susan Andrews, Deputy Superintendent of Race to the Top Implementation in Georgia, said in a release.

"While educational reform work is never easy, we are pleased with the significant progress that our state has made as reflected in this report," Andrews added.

Some highlights from the report include:

* Nearly 300 Georgia teachers were placed in state public schools from alternative certification programs.

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

4 Floyd schools named AP Challenge Schools

4 Floyd schools named AP Challenge Schools

ROME, Ga. -- All four public high schools in Floyd County were named 2014 AP Challenge Schools by State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

An AP Challenge School is a school that has fewer than 900 students and offers Advanced Placement classes and exams in the four core areas (English, math, science and social studies).

Armuchee, Coosa, Model and Pepperell high schools all made this year's list.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Race this weekend: Run with the Wolves

Race this weekend: Run with the Wolves

ROME, Ga. -- Rome High School will hold a 5K and 2K race this weekend to benefit its core academics.

Run with the Wolves will be Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $25 through packet pick-up and $30 on race day. Packet pick-up will take place during an expo at GoGoRunning and Tennis on East 2nd Avenue; it will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All runners will receive short sleeve T-shirts. Awards will be given to the top three male and female 5K finishers, the top three male and female masters 5K finishers, and the top three 5K finishers in each age group.

Visit runwiththewolves.org for more information.

Rome High School is located at 1000 Veterans Memorial Highway.

Berry College to commemorate Trail of Tears

Berry College to commemorate Trail of Tears

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College will host a Remembering the Trail of Tears Arts and Lecture Series next week.

Alan Garrison, a history professor at Portland State University, will speak at Berry on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Garrison has written a number of essays on the United States' Native American removal policy. He is also the author of The Legal Ideology of Removal: The Southern Judiciary and the Sovereignty of Native American Nations.

His lecture, "Culpability for the Trail of Tears: The Trial of Andrew Jackson," will be in Berry's Krannert Center. It is free and open to the public.

Remembering the Trail of Tears was organized in recognition of the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of native nations after the Indian Removal Act of 1830.