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UWG professor's design to be featured in journal

UWG professor's design to be featured in journal

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A graphic design professor at the University of West Georgia will see her art featured in the 2014 Graphics Annual, a prestigious European design journal.

Cassie Hester's piece was among 150 chosen for the journal from approximately 850 submissions worldwide.

"Having my poster included in the 2014 Graphics Annual is a huge honor," Hester said in a statement. "Graphics is a well-respected international design journal that reaches a large international audience."

Hester's piece features a logotype laser-cut into clear acrylic, which was then anchored to a black board. Red lasers were shone through the acrylic. The piece was photographed and turned into a poster for "Art Incend," an annual UWG event.

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

Path2College sweepstakes end Aug. 15

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan is making it easier for families to pay for college by holding two scholarship giveaways.

The deadline to enter both contests is Thursday, Aug. 15.

Mitch Seabaugh, director of the Path2College 529 Plan, said the two sweepstakes are designed to encourage families to start saving for college while their children are still very young.

"If 10,000 more Georgia families start saving for college, that's 10,000 more children who will have a head start toward achieving their dream when they graduate from high school," he said in a statement.

Seabaugh added that the sweepstakes also benefit young students because they provide money for schools and libraries.

The first contest -- the 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes -- will gives $10,529 to two lucky winners: a current Path2College account holder and a non-account holder. The two winners' schools will each receive $10,529.

UWG among most affordable online colleges

UWG among most affordable online colleges

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Affordable Colleges Online has named the University of West Georgia the 12th most affordable online college in the U.S.

UWG was one of 54 schools to make this year's list, which ranked institutions on such criteria as net tuition prices, accreditation and starting salaries for graduates.

"What is truly remarkable about our online programs is that they are affordable and also exceptionally personal," Dr. Melanie Clay, executive director of UWG's extended learning program, said in a statement. "Many students remark that they get to know the faculty in our online classes as well as they do those in the traditional classroom. It is truly a win-win for our students."

UWG offers a number of online master's degree programs, including nursing, education, music, business and applied computer science. The school's general education curriculum is also offered through the University System of Georgia's eCore online core curriculum website.

First days of school in metro Atlanta

First days of school in metro Atlanta

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- It's only mid-July, but many metro Atlanta students are preparing to head back to school.

Monday, July 15 is the first day of the 2013-14 school year for children at three Atlanta schools -- Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary schools -- and the Elite Scholars Academy in Clayton County.

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In Carroll County and the city of Carrollton, the first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 8.

Other school start dates throughout north Georgia include:

Thursday, Aug. 1
Decatur City
Paulding County

Friday, Aug. 2
Newton County

Monday, Aug. 5
Cherokee County
Floyd County
Henry County

Tuesday, Aug. 6
Coweta County

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Carroll County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 93.06
Math: 81.5
Science: 83.86
Social Studies: 88.87

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning." 

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

Formula: Graduation rate soars among Georgia high school students

(WXIA) -- The number of students receiving diplomas is on a steady rise, as it jumped for a second time using a new formula.

For 2013, Matt Cardoza of the Georgia Department of Education reported, the graduation rate marked 67.4 percent in 2011, followed by 69.7 percent in 2012.  The new way to figure the graduation rate is based on the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student becomes a freshman, Cardoza said. The calculation takes the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. 

"I am very pleased that our graduation rate continues to increase, no matter how it is calculated," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "While our graduation rate is still far too low and we have much progress to be made, we are moving in the right direction."