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Cobb fifth graders improve writing scores

Cobb fifth graders improve writing scores

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County students' scores on the Fifth Grade Writing Assessment improved five percentage points in 2011.

This year's results show 83 percent of Cobb fifth graders met or exceeded expectations, compared to 78 percent in 2010.

Cobb students' average scale score of 218 topped the stage average by four points.

The writing performance of students in special populations, such as Students with Disabilities (SWD) and English Language Learners (ELL), continues to show strong results.

In Cobb, 57 percent of SWD met or exeeded standards, compared to just 44 percent statewide.

Nominations needed for KSU art awards

Nominations needed for KSU art awards

KENNESAW, Ga.

Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System

Hank Huckaby named chancellor-designate for University System

ATLANTA -- The Board of Regents has named Henry "Hank" M. Huckaby as the new chancellor-designate of the University System of Georgia (USG).

The regents made their decision in a special called meeting today.

The announcement comes two weeks after the Board named Huckaby, 69, as the lone finalist for the job.

"As has been noted in numerous articles and editorials in the press statewide, clearly Hank Huckaby is seen as the person the System needs at this important time," said Board chair Willis Potts. "We feel he will serve the University System, the Board of Regents and the state well as we address the many and significant challenges of the present and prepare for the future."

Huckaby will take up his duties as the System's 12th chancellor on July 1, following the June 30 retirement of current chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.

Kasim Reed among speakers at KSU graduation

Kasim Reed among speakers at KSU graduation

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is one of five scheduled speakers who will address the 2,235 graduates during Kennesaw State University's spring commencement exercises next week.

Among the grads will be Kelsey Bizzell and Chris Hunnicutt, the first alum of KSU's Academy for Inclusive Adult Education.

The academy is a unique two-year certificate program designed to provide a college experience for students with developmental disabilities.

Cobb students awarded National Merit Scholarships

Cobb students awarded National Merit Scholarships

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Several seniors in Cobb County's graduating class of 2011 were named winners of National Merit Scholarships.

Only 2,500 students are selected for $2,500 National Merit Scholarships from a pool of 15,000 finalists nationwide.

A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors select scholarship winners who display the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and academic potential.

RELATED: Seven Cobb students win National Achievement Scholarships

Five Cobb seniors are among the 2011 honorees:

* Abubakar Abid
Walton High School, Marietta
Probable career field: Computer Science

* Anthony E.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

ATLANTA -- The Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre were announced at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, Apr. 26.

Forty-one Greater Atlanta-area high schools from 12 counties and 14 school districts, as well as private schools, participated this year.