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 Good News in Georgia Public Education

For more good news about Georgia’s schools, students, and teachers, visit our
Educating Georgia’s Future blog – including our weekly roundups of good news from Georgia’s public schools. To share good news from your school, email or use the
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Georgia's Successes
  • In 2016, Georgia students showed marked improvement on the ACT, increasing the state's average composite score and the percentage of students meeting the ACT College Readiness benchmarks even as the national average decreased and the number of Georgia students taking the ACT went up. Georgia's average composite score of 21.1 was higher, for the first time in state history, than the national average. Georgia outperformed the nation in English, reading, and science as well.
  • As of 2016, more than 900 schools have been trained in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), approximately 337 are currently implementing with fidelity, and another 354 are working toward implementing with fidelity. PBIS has helped to measurably reduce disciplinary incidents and support improved academic outcomes in those schools.
  • Georgia's graduation rate for students who complete just one AP course is 97.9 percent


Georgia: National Leader

  •   One of seven states to receive an "A" from Champlain College's Center for Financial Literacy for teaching financial literacy to high school students
  • One of seven states selected to participate in a two-year pilot focused on transforming educator preparation and entry systems to the profession


Georgia Educators & Students Succeeding 

  • Home of the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year, the 2015 National Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year, the 2014-2015 National FFA President, the 2016-17 National Technology Student Association President, the National HOSA President-Elect, and the 2011 National Language Teacher of the Year
  • Home of nine national Middle and High School Principal of the Year finalists since 2008 (more than any other state)
  • In 2015, three of the seven educators honored by the Association for Career and Technical Education were from Georgia public schools
  • A Georgia student (Fayette County High School) won best in the nation at Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 at the Microsoft Office Specialist National Competition 
  • More than 15,000 Microsoft Certifications have been earned by Georgia high school students and teachers
  • 42+ perfect SAT scores since 2010
  • ​77+ perfect ACT scores since 2010