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CRCT Investigation Report: D.H. Stanton Elementary School

CRCT Investigation Report: D.H. Stanton Elementary School

D.H. Stanton Elementary School
970 Martin Street
Principal: Willie Davenport
Testing Coordinator: Francis Mack
SRT-2 Executive Director: Michael Pitts

ATLANTA -- The investigation into Atlanta Public Schools concluded that CRCT cheating occurred at D.H. Stanton Elementary School in 2009.

According to the Governor's Special Investigators, who looked into the allegations, the cheating was discovered by Carmen Smith, the attendance clerk at Stanton Elementary.

Smith allegedly found tests and answer sheets spread out around testing coordinator Francis Mack's office. She reported this to principal Willie Davenport, who told her to gather up the tests, but by the time Smith returned to the office, the tests were gone.

APS students improve on CRCT

APS students improve on CRCT

ATLANTA -- Students in Atlanta Public Schools improved their performance in 20 of the 30 grade and subject areas tested by the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) in 2011.

These gains exceeded state improvements in 15 of the 30 areas. School leaders attribute them to increased rigor and curriculum focus in reading, math and social studies.

"These student achievement gains came admist improvements to APS testing administration and security policies, procedures and protocols for both the 2010 and 2011 CRCT exams," said superintendent Dr. Beverly L. Hall.

Parkside Elementary teachers to participate in NASA program

Parkside Elementary teachers to participate in NASA program

ATLANTA -- Two teachers from Parkside Elementary School are excited to represent Atlanta Public Schools in the 2011 NASA Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program (RGEFP).

Second grade teacher Bejanae Kareem and Ronnie Thomas, who runs the school's science lab, will travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas next week to begin their adventure.

The RGEFP gives students and teachers from across the country a chance to perform experiments during a reduced gravity flight.

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

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Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

The Ken Ford Foundation Honored as Trailblazing 21st Century Leaders

 

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation (DTCF) is kicking off its second “Investing in Dreams” Gala, on Friday, June 10, 2011 at the newly-constructed, state-of-the-art, DeKalb Technical College Conference Center, located at 495 North Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston, Georgia. This event is created to pay tribute to selected individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to education and impact in their surrounding communities.

Electric Violinist Ken Ford and the six-member board of directors of The Ken Ford Foundation is one of the seven recipients of the 2011 Investing in Dreams Award.  The Foundation is being honored for its contributions to promote education and music advocacy in our communities and schools through their community projects.

APS board moves forward with superintendent search

APS board moves forward with superintendent search

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Board of Education will hold an Emergency Legislative Meeting on Tuesday concerning their ongoing superintendent search.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium at 130 Trinity Avenue in Downtown Atlanta.

No details have been released, but a board spokesman has said action may be taken and they may go into executive session.

Where does APS go from here?

Where does APS go from here?

It has been a week of key decisions and reluctant admissions for the Atlanta Public School system.

On Monday, Khaatim Sherrer El announced he will step aside as chair of the APS school board. Many close to the situation, from Mayor Kasim Reed on down, believe the move will be the first step in helping the school system keep its accreditation.

"This board has got a ways to go," reminded Julie Salisbury of the Step Up Or Step Down group, "and this new board is going to have to prove itself by being a consensus-driven leadership team."

Sherrer El made it clear Monday he was stepping down strictly because of external pressure. On Tuesday, Mayor Reed said he expected external support for APS to start coming back.