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Teachers Rally in Atlanta for RESPECT

By Aileen Dodd Contributing Writer | 6/28/2013, 6 a.m.
National union draws 9,000 members to NEA convention.

The Georgia Association of Educators offers professional development and support to teachers across the state.

A more skilled workforce is helping to turn around the average graduation rate in Georgia.

Georgia’s most recent public high school graduation rate rose more than two percentage points over the previous year – from 67.4 percent in 2011 to 69.7 percent in 2012.  

Scores on the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) also improved.

The state Department of Education released statewide results of the 2013 standardized tests this week that show a one-year improvement in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards on 18 of the 30 content-area tests, no change on seven tests and decreases on five tests.

Students in grades 3 to 8 saw increases in the “exceeds performance” rating on 24 of the 30 content areas.

The state exams, given to elementary and middle school students, cover five subject areas - reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies.

Landing the national NEA Conference also speaks volumes of the level of education offered to students in the state even as school districts face budget cuts, Rollins said.

“We are excited to host the NEA Representative Assembly,” Rollins said. “Our public schools are doing a good job in many areas … Our teachers are competent. We need to get the message out.”