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College and Career Readiness: Clarke County

College and Career Readiness: Clarke 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.

Race this weekend: Dawg Jog

Race this weekend: Dawg Jog

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Pre-Vet Club will hold its 10th annual Dawg Jog 5K this weekend.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the G.R.A.C.E. (Grace, Rosemary, Athena Canine Emergency) Fund, which helps clients of the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Humans and dogs alike are invited to participate in the run, which will be held Saturday, Apr. 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Runners will also be entered into a raffle to win prizes from Athens-area businesses.

Visit pre-vet.uga.edu for more information and to sign up for the race.

1 Clarke high school among America's Most Challenging

1 Clarke high school among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

One Clarke County school made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed number is the school's national ranking.

1295. Clarke Central HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.

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.

Race this weekend: Dawg Trot 5K

Race this weekend: Dawg Trot 5K

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia Alumni Association will hold a fun 5K for the community this weekend.

The Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday, Mar. 22 at UGA's Stegeman Coliseum. A children's fun run will begin at 7:30 a.m., while the actual race will be off and running at 8 a.m.

Runners will receive T-shirts and access to a post-race celebration with refreshments. The top three finishers overall, as well as the top three finishers in each age group, will also be given awards.

Registration is $25 per person ($15 for those who do not want T-shirts) or $65 for a family of four. A team of 10 can register for $155.

The Dawg Trot is Athens' largest 5K, according to race organizers.

Learn more and sign up at alumni.uga.edu.

Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list

Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Several Georgia schools scored well on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of Best Graduate Schools.

U.S. News says it analyzed more than 1,300 graduate programs to determine this year's rankings.

The University of Georgia's public affairs program is ranked No. 4 among the nation's top public affairs schools -- higher than Princeton University (No. 5). Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is ranked No. 23, while Georgia Tech's program is ranked No. 53.

Georgia Tech's graduate engineering program is ranked No. 6 among engineering programs, tied with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The top five engineering grad schools are, in order, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.

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: