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CCSD offering School Choice for 2015-16

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year. Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website.

For more information, please visit the 2015-16 School Choice webpage.

 

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Apply for Principal for a Day program with Cobb Chamber

Get an inside look at one of our county’s strongest assets and become a Principal for a Day! With a commitment of a half workday, participants will have the chance to meet one-on-one with one of Cobb County’s outstanding principals to gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges and strengths local schools face on a daily basis. Participants will shadow a local principal, meet with the faculty, as well as spend time in the classroom with students. This program will take place on Feb. 19 in Cobb County Schools and on Feb. 25 in Marietta City Schools.

To Apply online  CLICK HERE. If you would like to participate, please complete the online application byFriday, Jan. 30. For information about becoming a Principal for a Day, contact Amy Goggins at agoggins@cobbchamber.org or 770-859-2335

 

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Cobb Schools close for MLK Day

Cobb County Schools are CLOSED on Monday, January 19, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 20.

 

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Bundle up! Parents, students use caution in cold weather

The National Weather Service and local meteorologists are forecasting unusually cold temperatures and wind chills in our area starting Wednesday, January 7, and continuing until Friday, January 9. Please be advised that all students, especially those who ride school buses, should take extra precautions before going outside to come to school. Students should consider dressing warmly with gloves, head-covering and multi-layered clothing to protect themselves against the cold. Cobb County bus drivers will work to ensure morning pick-up remains on schedule. Please visit the Cobb County Schools website for updated information regarding Cobb Schools as the weather developments occur at http://www.cobbk12.org and continue to monitor local media for forecast details.

 

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Cobb Schools Exceed 2014 State Averages For College and Career Readiness (CCRPI)

Scores for Cobb County schools on the 2014 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) surpassed average scores for Georgia schools at all three levels – elementary, middle and high. The Georgia Department of Education has released the third year of ratings under the statewide accountability system. The CCRPI measurement is on a 100-point scale rating the academic achievement and progress of individual schools and their school systems.

For more detailed data, click HERE.

 

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Cobb Schools Offices to re-open January 2

All CCSD schools and district offices will be closed December 22nd through January 1st for the Winter Break. The District Office will re-open Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. and School Personnel will report back to school on Monday, January 5th. All Students will report back to school Tuesday, January 6th.

 
 

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Cobb County Schools CLOSED for Winter Break

Cobb County Schools will close for the Winter Break on Monday, December 22, 2014, and resume for students on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Staff will return on Monday, January 5, 2015.

 

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Cobb County Schools announces graduation dates

Graduates

The Cobb County School District has released dates, locations and times for the 2015 Spring Commencement Schedule. Pope and Kell will hold ceremonies on Thursday, May 21. Lassiter, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 22. For locations and times, please visit Cobbk12.org.

(Source: Cobb County Schools)

 

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Cobb County School District Releases Results of School Enrollment/Population Study

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In order to help Cobb County School District officials better determine student enrollment projections and capital improvement programs related to demand for new schools, remodels or additions, the Cobb County School Board hired Davis Demographics & Planning, of Riverside, California, to  conduct 10-year student population projection study through 2023. The purpose of the $77,400 report was to research Cobb’s demographic trends, see how these trends may affect future student population and to assist in making facility adjustments that may be necessary to accommodate the potential student population shifts.

Cobb School Board Chair Kathleen Angelucci says it is important for the district to address potential enrollment concerns sooner rather than later  because it significantly affects the budget and capacity, or staff numbers. “It is always better to be proactive than reactive,” Angelucci continues.“Preparedness is key in good management.”

“Planning for and accommodating enrollment growth is particularly challenging, and even more so in areas with limited land options such as within the East Cobb community,” adds Scott Sweeney, East Cobb School Board Member. “East Cobb area high schools Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry, Walton and Wheeler each have fewer than 50 acres and are surrounded by developed land.”

Of East Cobb’s 35 elementary, middle and high schools, five schools stand out in how greatly their enrollment numbers should increase over the next
decade. Brumby Elementary, which has a capacity of 751 students and currently serves about 1,200 students, is expected to increase by more than 400
students. Following a similar trend, Dodgen and East Cobb middle schools could each be tackling increases between about 300 and 700 students. In area high schools, Walton and Wheeler are looking at reaching student enrollments of about 3,400 students each— Walton up from more than 2,700 students this year and Wheeler nearly 1,900. Capacity at each high school is about 2,100-2,300.

Sweeney says bottom line Cobb is a great place to live with excellent schools and great employment opportunities, which factors into why people  continue to move here and the population increases.

“In addition to county population growth, many East Cobb community senior citizens are selling their homes to families with school age children drawn to the area because of the quality of the schools,” he says. “For example, before Eastside Elementary School was rebuilt, its enrollment was close to 900 students.

Today, the enrollment is closer to 1,200 students. What accounted for that enrollment growth? It wasn’t due to new housing development. Some of the growth could be attributed to families choosing public rather than private schools.”

He went on to say that he believes the district will work diligently to accommodate the East Cobb area’s student enrollment growth with school facility expansion or replacement as warranted. “It wasn’t too long ago that the school district had nearly 700 portable/trailer classrooms. Because of Cobb County’s continuing support for Education SPLOST funding, and the district’s commitment to make facility improvements, the portable classroom
count is 93 today. Fifteen of those are at Brumby Elementary School alone.”

Within the report is a “Ten Year Projection Methodology” section that details the factors included in the findings and why they were used. These include the calculation of incoming kindergarten classes, additional students from new housing, the effects of student mobility and a detailed review of planned residential development within Cobb Schools. Projection methodology used in this study combines historical student population counts, past and present demographic characteristics, and planned residential development to forecast future student population at the study area level.

The report included updating district mapping, using the Cobb Schools’ past three years of geocoded student data files, developing and researching pertinent demographic data, identifying current and future residential development plans and preparing a 10-year student population projection. According to the report, readers are reminded that this is a “snapshot” of current and potential student population based on data gathered in fall 2013. Population demographics, development plans, funding opportunities and school district priorities can change, therefore, new projections  and adjustments to the overall plan will continue to be necessary in the future.

(Written by Lindsay Field. Reprinted from the December 2014 EAST COBBER. Read the December issue HERE.)

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2014 Georgia High School Writing Test Results: Percentage of Cobb Students Passing Unchanged; Still Outperformed Metro Area Peers

Georgia law (O.C.G.A., Section 20-2-281) requires that writing assessments be administered to students in grades three, five, eight, and eleven. The State Writing Assessment Core Development and Advisory Committees assisted the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) in developing the writing component of the student assessment program. The committees comprised of educators with expertise in the instruction of writing skills and writing assessments, consist of eight committees—a Core Development and Advisory Committee for each grade level (3, 5, 8, and 11). The goal of the Writing Assessment Core Development and Advisory Committees and the GaDOE is to create developmentally appropriate assessment procedures to enhance statewide instruction in the language arts. Statewide writing assessments serve the purpose of improving writing and writing instruction.

Students in the 11th grade participate in the Georgia High School Writing Test and must pass the GHSWT to earn a regular education diploma. Students are asked to produce a response to one on-demand persuasive writing prompt.

The writing test requires students to produce a composition of no more than two pages on an assigned topic. The two-hour test administration includes 100 minutes of student writing time. The test is administered three times a year so that students have multiple opportunities to take the test before the end of senior year. The main administration of the GHSWT takes place in the fall of junior year. Results of the GHSWT are used to identify students who may need additional instruction in academic content and skills considered essential for a high school diploma.

At the district level, 98 percent of first-time test takers scored a passing grade, unchanged from 2013. Ninety-nine (99) percent of regular education students scored at or above the expected level of proficiency, which is also unchanged from last year’s administration. Eighty-six (86) percent of special education students taking the test scored at or above the expected level of proficiency, compared to 85 percent in the prior school year. Scores for English Language Learners (ELL) increased from 81 percent, to 96 percent in the current school year.

While the percentage of students passing in the district was unchanged, Cobb students outperformed their peers in other metropolitan districts (97 percent) and statewide (96 percent). The percentage of regular education students that passed the test across the State also increased 2 percent, from 96 percent last year to 98 percent this year. The percentage of special education students passing at the state level grew 9 percent (70 percent to 79 percent, respectively), and the percentage of English Language Learners statewide scoring at or above proficiency increased 11 percent, from 60 percent passing in 2013, to 71 percent passing in 2014.

Key Findings

District Results

  • A total of 6,733 first-time test takers took the writing test. Ninety-eight (98) percent met the passing standard with a mean scale score of 229. This reflects a 1-point decrease over last year’s scale score of 230.
  • A total of 6,666 Regular Program Grade 11 students were first-time test takers, with 99 percent passing and a mean scale score of 229. The percent of Regular Program students passing in 2013 was also 99 percent, with an average scale score of 231.
  • A total of 522 Special Education Grade 11 first-time test takers participated in the writing test. Eighty-six (86) percent met the passing standard with a mean scale score of 215. The percent of Special Education students passing in 2013 was 85 percent, with a scale score of 215.
  • A total of 46 English Language Learner Grade 11 first-time test takers were tested. Ninety-six (96) percent met the passing standard with a mean scale score of 213. Last year, 81 percent of the English language learners met the passing standard with a scale score of 208.

School Results

  • All 16 of the district’s high schools had a pass rate of 96 percent or better.
  • 12 high schools had 98 percent or more students passing. They were Allatoona, Harrison, Hillgrove, Kell, Kennesaw Mountain, Lassiter, McEachern, North Cobb, Pebblebrook, Pope, Sprayberry, and Walton.
  • 13 of the district’s sixteen high schools had the same or higher pass rate this year than last year.

Click here to view the results table

(Source: Cobbk12.org)