In time for semester break, my true love gave to me … Here we are: The end of the first semester of the 2019-2020. Hard to believe the New Year is nearly here! Not only is this time of year for celebration, it’s time for everyone in the Atlanta Public Schools community to rest, reflect…

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Thirty-six APS schools performed better than expected on College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) when compared with schools with similar characteristics across the state. Hot off the press! Atlanta Public Schools, based on new analysis released today by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), leads Metro Atlanta districts and exceeds the state in…

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As anyone following Atlanta Public Schools over the past few weeks knows, the district has found numerous ways to showcase the “EPIC” talent of our amazing students from the State of the District to the Anti-Defamation League’s Concert Against Hate to the many productions at our schools all over Atlanta. And now we have our…

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For third consecutive year, APS sees decrease of schools identified by Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) for potential state intervention, while seven APS Title I schools earn “Reward” designation from GaDOE. [UPDATE (December 19, 2019): The Georgia Department of Education informed APS today that three additional schools — Hutchinson Elementary, KIPP WAYS Primary and…

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As we near the big school breaks, we often spend time counting the days, then the hours and then the minutes until we can have extended time with our loved ones and friends. Our APS team and students have worked hard so far this semester, and they all need this much-deserved break. After all, it’s…

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Two weeks after our EPIC State of the District, I remain in absolute awe of not only the vast numbers of Atlanta Public Schools students who helped narrate our tales of transformation but the variety and sheer expertise of their performances. (If you haven’t viewed it yet, check my EPIC blog for videos and photos!)…

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Colder temperatures and severe weather are approaching Atlanta already. As I do every year around this time, I am reminding everyone in the Atlanta Public Schools community to be safe in the coming weeks. I also want to re-share the district’s action plans – how we go about our decision-making process for weather-related school delays…

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True Tales from Our Journey of Transformation and the Quest for Excellence Nearly 1,000 stakeholders from the Atlanta Public Schools community this morning gathered at Harper Archer Elementary. Following a ribbon-cutting launch of that school, we related an epic tale of an urban school district in Georgia, once beleaguered but re-emerging as if a Phoenix…

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District posts growth in all grades and subjects tested since 2015. Just as every student gets a report card, so does Atlanta Public Schools – directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Officially, it’s called the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), but it’s also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Quick summary: NAEP…

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About a month after the College Board released SAT data, the other leading college entrance exam has released its own data. According to figures released today by ACT, Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) 2019 graduates achieved an average composite ACT score of 19.1, a slight increase of 0.4 points from the 2018 average of 18.7 and…

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