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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
January 26, 2006
Albany - Dougherty County students made some of the biggest gains in test scores in the state last year. State School Superintendent Kathy Cox visited some Albany schools today to find out how students made such great progress.
Last year, the Dougherty County School System was named a Distinguished Title One District because students' test schools improved so much. Over the past six years, standardized test scores in reading and math improved more than 50 percentage points.
The state school superintendent says the key to smarter students is more one-on-one learning and lower class size.
State School Superintendent Kathy Cox was back in front of the class today, teaching short lessons at Radium Springs Middle and Albany High School. "Dougherty County is a system that is moving the needle," she said.
Cox visited the Dougherty County schools to congratulate teachers and students for making huge improvements last year and to find out the key to that success.
Dougherty County Superintendent Dr. Whatley said, "Every year, our priority is for each school to move to a higher level than they were the previous year."
Whatley says the test score improvements are a result of more professional development for teachers and more one-on-one teaching for students. For instance, two teachers head this math class. One helps students with special needs keep up without halting the lesson for the others.
Cox says that individualized instruction can only happen if class size is lowered. "When you have class loads of 28 to 30 all day long, it's very difficult to do anything on an individual basis."
That's why she supports the Governor's proposal to put fewer students in classes. "What he is saying is that we're going to make it manageable for teachers to be able to individualize instruction for students."
Dougherty County schools are still fighting an uphill battle. Nearly 40% of high schoolers don't graduate, and 1,500 first through fifth graders had to go to summer school last year because they failed the mandatory standardized test, the CRCT.
Dr. Whatley said "We're certainly not where we need to be." But the improvements made so far are proof the state's new curriculum and news ways of teaching are working, slowly but surely.
Kathy Cox also praised the Governor's proposed teacher pay raises. She says happy teacher are better teachers. As for Dougherty County schools, eight grade math and reading scores on the CRCT have gone up 85% in that last decade.