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Peach, Crawford Counties Graduation Rates

Peach, Crawford Counties Graduation Rates

Peach County's graduation rate is 59.94 percent.
Crawford County's graduation rate is 42.25 percent.

That's a part of a new calculation by the state Department of Education. They say their new rates are lower, and more accurate, than past graduation rates.

The state says Georgia's high school graduation rate has fallen to 67 percent based a new federally mandated calculation.

The state Department of Education released the figure Tuesday morning after months of preparing state lawmakers and other officials for the drop. Under the old calculation, the rate of students receiving diplomas had topped 80 percent, but officials say that number wasn't an accurate picture of Georgia's high school graduates.

Officials say the new formula better accounts for dropouts. The formula divides the number of graduates in a given year by the number of students who enrolled four years earlier.

Wildcats Football Set for Annual Blue and Gold Spring Scrimmage

Wildcats Football Set for Annual Blue and Gold Spring Scrimmage

 

FORT VALLEY, GA - Can’t get enough football? If not, you can catch a preview of the 2012 Wildcats of Fort Valley State University (FVSU) during the annual Blue and Gold Scrimmage slated for Saturday, April 14th at 6 p.m. in Wildcat Stadium on the FVSU campus.    

Education Dean to Deliver Convocation Address

Education Dean to Deliver Convocation Address

 

FORT VALLEY, GA.--Fort Valley State University’s Honors Convocation celebrates the achievements of the campus’ best and brightest students. On Thursday, March 22 scholars from all disciplines will be recognized during the university’s most important academic tradition. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the George N. Woodward Gymnasium. 

Peach County High Makes Ga. 'Priority' List

Peach County High Makes Ga. 'Priority' List

The state has released a list of the 79 worst performing schools in the state.

Tuesday afternoon the state added Ingram Pye Elementary in Bibb county to the list, making 10 priority schools in Bibb County.

The list sent out Tuesday identifies the state's "priority" schools -- those that consistently perform poorly on tests or have low graduation rates. The schools on the list will qualify for state assistance aimed at improving student achievement.

The Georgia Department of Education drew up the list as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

On the list, according to the state, are:

Ingram Pye Elementary school

How to add an event to 13WMAZ's community calendar

How to add an event to 13WMAZ's community calendar

Need to add an event? Just head over to the events section and click "Add an event." You'll then add all of the information.

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USDA Donates Equipment to FVSU

USDA Donates Equipment to FVSU

 

FVSU professor Dr. Devin Horton is committed to training students to become successful scientists. After finishing her lectures, the assistant professor of biology, heads to a small space on the Academic and Classroom Laboratory Building’s second floor. There, Horton spends hours instructing four students about basic biotechnology techniques, such as engineering pieces of DNA, cloning genes (in polymerase chain reactions) and culturing cancer cells isolated from goat livers.

“The spirit of science is to share what we know and what we have,” Horton said. The scholar says the hands-on instruction would not have been possible without $7,000 in new equipment donated to the Fort Valley State University biology department by the USDA Agricultural Research Service Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit in Athens, Ga.

Mbata Presents Research to the Georgia Peanut Commission

Mbata Presents Research to the Georgia Peanut Commission

 

The National Peanut Board marks March as National Peanut Month. Annually, Georgia farmers produce nearly 42 percent of the nation’s favorite cash crop which ends up in snacks, lunchboxes and dinner tables across the country. The beloved plant, however, is under attack by insect Pangaeus bilineatus. This peanut burrowing beetle devours the mature pod, damaging produce and eating away at farmers’ livelihoods.

Recently, Dr. George Mbata, Fort Valley State University’s biology chair, and David Shapiro-Ilan, a USDA-ARS, Southeast Fruit and Tree Nut Research Unit researcher, presented a progress report on new methods to control the insect during the Georgia Peanut Commission’s annual meeting held on the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus.