Kudos to Dr. John DeCotis

Dr. DeCotis is the super of the Fayette County School System.  According to the AJC, his school system is the only one in the metro area, as well as the only system in the state with 10 or more schools, to have all schools meet Federal No Child Left Behind AYP standards for five years running.

This is also the school system that gave Kathy Cox her start in education.  If John Konop (hadn’t been banned from Peach Pundit) had a better computer, he could tell us why Cherokee County Schools are really better than Fayette.

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  1. EAVDad says:

    Fayette is a great school system and John DeCotis is a very good superintendent!

    But…let’s give some credit to Gwinnett County. I saw in the AJC (or somewhere) they have 106 schools and 100 of them made AYP. That’s amazing, too!

  2. John Konop says:

    Fayette County should be very proud of the results. My only experience with Fayette County is my son has played in numerous soccer tournaments in Fayette and they have great faculties as well as very friendly parents.

    Sadly the majority of the State had many issues.

    Fewer Georgia schools meet federal testing goals

    AJC-Fewer of Georgia’s public schools met federal testing goals this year, with about 69 percent making the mark compared with 82 percent last year.

    The Georgia Department of Education released its annual report today showing whether schools met the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The law expects schools to continually improve student learning. Those that fail to do so face sanctions, ranging from having to offer free tutoring to hiring new staff to a possible takeover by the state.

    State schools superintendent Kathy Cox had predicted more schools would fail this year because of low math test scores. The state says it created harder elementary and middle school math tests to match the state’s more rigorous curriculum in this subject.

    Also, more students in all grades were required to pass state math and English exams to meet testing goals. Passing rates will gradually increase to reach the federal mandate that 100 percent of students pass by 2014.

    “We have increased rigor coupled with increased expectations,” Cox said in a telephone interview today. “It was harder this year, much more difficult than ever before.”

    This double whammy of harder math tests and higher pass rates affected elementary schools the most. About 77 percent of them made testing goals this year, compared with about 96 percent last year.

    The most troubling results were found in high schools. Only 48 percent made testing goals, compared with 56 percent last year.

    “It’s math that’s hurting us,” Cox said. “We have to help these kids who are sitting in our high schools with very weak math skills.”

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