School Superintendent Randy Shearouse announced that the Effingham County School System was granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal.
This means that the district and all of its schools are accredited, and that the Effingham County School System is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external ...
ATLANTA-An unprecedented 22 percent jump in the number of students attending the state's technical colleges has set a new annual enrollment record for the Technical College System of Georgia. The system's 26 colleges enrolled 190,842 students in fiscal year 2010, which ended on June 30. The total smashes the previous record high enrollment set in 2009 by more than 34,000 students.
At Savannah Technical College, total enrollment was up 13 percent from the previous year, with the college serving 9,639 students in 2009-10 up from 8,531 in 2008-09.
Initial reports from the Georgia Department of Education indicate the Effingham County School system does not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress target for 2010.
These do not include summer retests and graduates. But BoE central office eyebrows were raised as they showed Effingham County High and Middle schools not meeting AYP with areas of concern in both the black and economically disadvantaged subgroups, placing the system accountable.
"What this tells us and calls us to do is continue to work to ensure that our instructional program meets the needs of all learners, regardless of subgroup. It is a challenge," said ...
Test results are in from the 2009-2010 school year, and in general Effingham County continues to trend upward and outperform the state.
For the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, first-fifth grade students in the system had a higher percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards across all five grade levels and in all of the 21 content areas covered. Fourteen of those areas showed improvement from the year before, with two areas matching their previous scores and the rest still with 90 percent or more students meeting or exceeding standards.
Of the 15 content areas for the middle grades, CRCT scores ...
The Effingham County Board of Education has approved a resolution allowing district schools to increase class sizes if necessary in the coming school year.
"(W)e are asking for a lot of flexibility when we actually have class sizes that are still in many instances relatively small," Assistant Superintendent Greg Arnsdorff told the board. "This is kind of looking at what could be a worst case scenario if we move through the year, things don't get better - more students enroll, and we don't get any further funding from the state."
With an eye toward current economic constraints facing ...
Savannah Technical College is preparing for the conversion from the quarter to semester system, which will begin with the fall semester in August 2011.
Beginning in the summer of 2010 and continuing through summer 2011, Savannah Tech and its 25 sister colleges will offer one-on-one advisement sessions and individualized academic plans to all affected students.
"We're confident that this change will serve our students well moving forward," says College President Dr. Kathy S. Love.
The conversion will not affect students' state or federal financial aid, including Georgia's HOPE grant and scholarship programs. Annual tuition under the new semester ...
Hannah Boyd (treasurer), Vanessa Williams (secretary) and Robbie Moore (vice president), FBLA officers from Effingham County High School, along with advisors Karen Waltz and Sherry Duff attended the 2010 Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit (SLOTS) at Crisp County High School in Cordele on June 29.
This training camp is meant to prepare local chapter officers and other leaders for upcoming duties and roles. Each officer attended a breakout session relating to their specific office and they were given an officers manual describing their duties for the upcoming year. The advisors met with
Students at Covenant Christian Academy knocked it out of the park on the ITBS test again. Each spring CCA administers the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). This exam helps administrators evaluate the effectiveness of their curriculum and teaching methods. Judging from the scores, they're doing something right.
The academy's 2010 ITBS national percentile rankings are:
1st grade86th percentile
2nd grade78th percentile
3rd grade69th percentile
4th grade92nd percentile
6th grade99th percentile
8th grade99th percentile
Kindergarten, sixth grade and eight grade classes at CCA scored in the top 1 percent ...
The Effingham YMCA is now receiving applications for the YMCA initiative called The Christian Leadership Academy.
The Christian Leadership Academy, a seven-month program beginning in September, is designed to take 12 rising high school sophomores and juniors from Effingham County public and private schools and train them in the skills of leadership done from a Christian perspective.
"We're really excited about this program,"said Kim Dennis, director of the Effingham YMCA, "The Christian Leadership Academy helps us achieve our mission of 'putting Christian principles into practice' by instilling in young people the values that are necessary to be a ...
Georgia's 26 technical colleges will convert from the quarter to semester system beginning with the fall semester in August 2011.
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has made a commitment to its 190,000 students to assist them through the conversion with minimal disruption to their studies. Beginning this summer and continuing through summer 2011, the state's technical colleges will offer one-on-one advisement sessions and individualized academic plans to all affected students. Emphasis will be made on easing any student concerns about the conversion and their course credits, graduation dates and financial aid.
A newly released report states that Georgia's public university system made a $12.7 billion economic impact on the state's economy during fiscal year 2009, continuing its record of growing contributions to the state's economic prosperity. The 35 institutions of the University System of Georgia (USG) generated nearly three percent of the state's total jobs during that time.
The Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business analyzed data collected between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009, to calculate the University System's FY2009 economic impact. This work ...
Savannah State University continues to be a major economic engine in the state, pumping $136 million into the Savannah metropolitan economy during fiscal year 2009, according to a study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
The report, released Thursday, updates similar studies conducted on behalf of the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program, an initiative of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Office of Economic Development. The $136 million represents a $9 million increase since the FY08 report.
In addition to the $136 million in total economic impact ...
Georgia Southern University is working to bring engineering education to middle and high schools around the country, and a major part of that effort will take place this week at a summer institute for teachers.
Georgia Southern is hosting Project Lead the Way, which is a national effort to equip middle and high school teachers with the information and skills they need to incorporate engineering into their curriculum. Teachers from around Georgia and the U.S. will spend two weeks at the University participating in hands-on lessons and activities they can take back to their classrooms.