Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Lowndes County - It's the week these students have been preparing for all year. "It's the highlight of our school year," said Richard Campbell, Testing Coordinator.
Monday marked the first day of Criterion Referenced Competency Testing at Pine Grove Elementary. "It's a test that assesses them on what they've been taught," said Campbell.
Students in first and second grades are tested in math, language arts, and reading, while third, fourth, and fifth graders are also tested in social studies and science. Third and fifth graders must have a score of at least 300 to move up a grade. "For students who do not make it, they'll have an opportunity to take a summer school program and once that course is completed, they are reassessed," said Campbell.
The students may be the ones answering the questions, but this test measures the effectiveness of teachers too. "Teachers can look at the data from the CRCT and that will help them to re-evaluate the strengths they have in the classroom and maybe some weak areas," said Mickie Fisher, Principal.
It's up to teachers to make sure their students know the curriculum they'll be tested on. But they need parents help too in preparing for the test. Most importantly, you should make sure your child gets plenty of rest. "Doctors tell us that children need between seven and 11 hours of sleep at night to function at the highest level of their capacity," said Campbell.
They also need a healthy breakfast. "Children who are hungry aren't going to think as effectively as they would if they had a nutritious breakfast," said Campbell.
And finally, parents should offer their support and encouragement. Students need to know how important this test is, and that their parents are behind them.