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ERIC Number: EJ759463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-23
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Georgia Is All Business as It Moves to Improve State's Showing on SAT
Jacobson, Linda
Education Week, v24 n28 p1, 21 Mar 2005
Students are not the only ones in Georgia fretting over scores from the recent SAT exams. More than perhaps any other state, Georgia has linked its reputation as a place to live, send children to school, and do business to the state's performance on the college-entrance test. Since Governor Sonny Perdue launched a statewide effort to raise those scores, the state has inched upward--from 50th place nationally to 49th in 2004, ahead of South Carolina. If all goes well, its efforts will continue to pay off with higher average scores, increased participation, and an enhanced image. Though welcoming the focus on the SAT, which includes classroom test preparation for all students, some Georgia school administrators say that at least one piece of Governor Perdue's overall strategy--a sports-like SAT competition between schools--is misguided. Charlotte Robinson, the state education department's Advanced Placement, SAT, and PSAT coordinator, says that the state's initiative is not just about raising scores. It is about improving overall student achievement. The state's work is complemented by business-supported initiatives to encourage students to consider some kind of postsecondary education and to improve its standing on the education indicators that are viewed by companies that are considering a move to the state.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test; SAT (College Admission Test)