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Forsyth County School system may get leeway with testing

POSTED: April 4, 2013 12:20 a.m.

If approved by Gov. Nathan Deal, recent legislation from the Georgia General Assembly could give Forsyth County Schools some leeway with a state testing measure.

Forsyth has an Investing in Education Excellence contract with the state, which means each school in the system currently must meet or exceed standards for three consecutive years or the system as a whole fails to fulfill its contract.

House Bill 283 would remove the consecutive year mandate, instead requiring the schools meet standards for any three of the five years in a contract.

According to Cindy Salloum, the system’s chief accountability officer and director of legal services, the system is still compiling its numbers for the third year of its contract, but preliminary results show all of its schools appear positioned to meet the contract.

“Year one they all made it, but year two they didn’t all make it in math, which meant they would have had to make it in years three, four and five,” Salloum said.

As it stood, Johns Creek, Matt and Shiloh Point faced the most difficult challenge at the elementary school level, having not met the standard in the second year. Also, none of the system’s high schools met the standard in math the second year.

While all schools still need to meet the standard for at least one more year, Salloum said the system is striving to always make that mark, with or without requirements.


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