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Milestones scores low for school system
By Pamela Permar-Shierling
The Georgia State Department of Education (DOE) has released the individual school ‘Milestones end of grade assessment’ scores for grades three, four, five, six, seven and eight.
They also have released individual school ‘Milestones end of course scores’ for ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades.
According to the DOE:
“These results (the Milestones assessments) show a lower level of student proficiency than Georgians are used to seeing, but that does not mean Georgia students know less or that teachers are not doing a great job – it means they’ve been asked to clear a higher bar,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said.
“Our previous assessment, the CRCT, set some of the lowest expectations for student proficiency in the nation, and that cannot continue. Georgia Milestones sets higher standards for our students and evens the playing field with the rest of the nation – and that’s essential if our students are going to succeed in college and their chosen careers, both of which are nationally competitive arenas. We will continue to increase our supports for both students and teachers to ensure this test is more meaningful for all involved.”
“For too long we’ve been telling students they were on track to be successful in college or ready for a career when they graduated high school, yet in many cases they were not,” said Dr. Dana Rickman, Policy and Research Director for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, and a member of the standard-setting review committee.
SpayGlynn announces a new program for Glynn County pet owners
Three local animal welfare organizations are teaming up with First Coast No More Homeless Pets in Jacksonville to offer a spay/neuter program in Glynn County.
Citizens for Humane Animal Treatment (CHAT), No Kill Glynn County, and Purrfect Pals are able to offer these free or low cost spay/neuter services to every pet owner who lives in Glynn County.
A generous donor has insured that affordable prices are available for all Glynn County pet owners.
Trap/Neuter/Return advocates will also be able to help feral community cats under this program. Those residing in Glynn County need only prove their residency to receive these services which will assist in reducing numbers of unwanted litters.
Beginning in November, SpayGlynn enabled the first transport to Jacksonville’s First Coast No More Homeless Pets for free or low cost spay/neuter services.
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