The following is an excerpt from an article by The Associated Press highlighting Georgia’s improved student achievement for the 2004-2005 school year:
“We are now seeing unprecedented achievement in grades three, four and five,” [State Schools Superintendent Kathy] Cox said. ‘It is fantastic.’ … The most dramatic rise among elementary students was an 8 percentage point jump in the number of fourth–grade students who met or exceeded the CRCT’s reading standards. The number of third-graders who failed the reading portion dropped 2 percent from last year, when about 11,000 of the state’s roughly 115,000 third–graders were unable to achieve a passing grade.
“School board members showered praise on Cox, who credited the improvement to high–quality teachers who have more data about their students’ needs. ‘They are not doing it for some,’ said Cox, her voice choking up, ‘they are doing it for all.’”
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