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December 1, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Online report cards being released today will give Georgia parents an in-depth look at their children's schools. The Governor's Office of Student Achievement will be using the Internet to release detailed reports on schools and school systems.

The state has been releasing report cards for nearly a decade, but for the first time, the information will be broken down by race, economic status and other categories. The information includes standardized test scroes, attendance and graduation rates.

Linda Schultz is president of the Roswell High School Parent Teacher Student Association. She says the broken-down results will help school leaders focus attention on where the most help is needed. Such report cards are required under the federal No Child Left Behind education reform act and Georgia's school reform laws, pushed by former Governor Roy Barnes in 2000.

Data on attendance, graduation rates, dropout rates and college entrance exams will be online today. Officials say additional data -- including school scores on Georgia's Criterion-Referenced Competency Test -- will be posted in the next few weeks.

On the Net:

Georgia Office of Student Achievement

Georgia Department of Education

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