Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DeKalb County Schools 2015 ACT Scores

The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2014-2015 ACT scores: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Documents/ACT%20for%20Georgia%202015%20Public%20Schools.xlsx?NoRedirect=true

It's interesting to note that while participation in the ACT by DCSS students rose in 2015, the composite score overall also rose a bit.  That is a positive. 

4 DeKalb high schools reported scores higher than the national composite average of 21.0:  Chamblee, DeKalb School of the Arts, Dunwoody, and Lakeside.

Those high schools highlighted in blue saw an increase in participation in the ACT in 2015 over 2014.  The scores at the majority of these schools either stayed even or saw an increase.

Dunwoody HS saw an increase of 50 students taking the ACT over 2014. The composite score rose to 23.1 from 22.6 in 2014.

Dunwoody HS was 2nd among high schools in the number of ACT test-takers (198). Lakeside HS had 239 of its students take the ACT.

Score breakdown by subject matter should be released by the Georgia Office of Student Achievement at a later date.

DCSS High School
# of Test Takers (2015)
Composite Score (2015)
# of Test Takers (2014)
Composite Score (2014)
United States
1,924,436
21.0
1,845,787
21.0
State of Georgia
54,653
21.0
50,697
20.8
DeKalb Schools
2,572
19.2
2,277
18.9
Arabia Mountain
210
19.3
231
19.6
Cedar Grove
63
16.9
69
16.6
Chamblee Charter
136
25.2
165
23.8
Clarkston 
61
16.8
75
15.9
Columbia
109
17.2
91
17.2
Cross Keys
35
17.8
30
19.1
DeKalb Early College
55
20.7
17
21.5
DeKalb School of the Arts
47
24.8
46
23.1
Druid Hills
163
19.5
125
20.1
Dunwoody
198
23.1
148
22.6
Elizabeth Andrews
17
14.4
9
14.9
Gateway to College
4
22
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Lakeside
239
23.2
169
22.4
Lithonia
99
16.8
76
16.2
Martin Luther King, Jr.
152
16.8
126
16.7
McNair 
54
16.2
50
15.7
Miller Grove
147
16.6
113
16.5
Redan
146
16.8
131
16.7
Southwest DeKalb
145
18.2
129
18.8
Stephenson
172
17.2
163
17.5
Stone Mountain
71
16.8
82
17.5
Towers
77
16.2
65
15.8
Tucker
172
19.2
166
18.1

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Special Education in DeKalb County Schools

Below are links to 2 articles written by Martha Dalton of WABE highlighting problems Special Education students and their families face in DeKalb schools. 

If DeKalb does not gets its act together, it is possible that the district could be libel for violations of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).

I believe this is just another example of the DeKalb County School System being too large (along with incompetent people in the Central Office) to meet the needs of all of its students. 

Click on the respective links to read the articles:

http://wabe.org/post/parents-dekalb-inattentive-students-special-needs

http://wabe.org/post/dekalb-superintendent-special-education-department-under-reconstruction

The Georgia Department of Education is also coming under fire from the Department of Justice over possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating students with disabilities from their peers.

http://wabe.org/post/ga-special-education-segregates-lacks-programs-doj-says

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Atlanta Music Project Looking for Donations of Guitars and Snare Drums



On my drive into work this morning, I heard an interview with several individuals involved with the Atlanta Music Project.  With the budget cuts to music education in the Atlanta Public School System, this type of organization is a much needed resource for students. 

For now, through September 8th, the Atlanta Music Project is requesting donations of Guitars and Snare Drums. 

Please click on the following link for further information on how to donate: http://www.atlantamusicproject.org/news-features/amp-accepting-guitar-snare-drum-donations/

How AMP Works

For the 2015-2016 school year, the Atlanta Music Project will serve 200 students weekly through our after-school programs and the AMP Academy, our private lesson program.

All AMP programs are rigorous with classes taking place up to four days per week, for two hours each day.

As we believe all children are musical, we do not hold entrance auditions or require students to have any musical experience. The only thing required for a student to be in AMP: commitment to attending all classes.

The Atlanta Music Project provides for each of its students: an instrument, classes, world-class Teaching Artists and numerous performance opportunities.  AMP classes include orchestra, choir, musicianship, ear training, music theory, African drum and dance and group lessons in the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, voice, piano and guitar. As AMP and AMPlify expand, we will offer oboe, bassoon, french horn, tuba, orchestral percussion, and electric bass.

Click on the following link to learn more about the Atlanta Music Project: http://www.atlantamusicproject.org/

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Peachtree Charter Middle School To Combat World Hunger
Through STEM Initiative


Update: Georgia State Board of Education Approves
Traditional/Discrete Math Options
DeKalb Schools Stay With Integrated Approach

Update:  According to the following report from Jennifer Leslie of 11 Alive News, DeKalb County School System is the only system staying with the integrated Math approach for the upcoming year. 
http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2015/07/31/traditional-math-georgia-high-schools/30871783/

Click here to read the entire Press Release from the Georgia Department of Education.

Starting with the 2015-16 school year, high schools will be able to offer either integrated or traditional/discrete math courses.