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State to release Student Growth Reports
Parents of Glynn County students can look for another indicator on their child's progress in school within the coming weeks.

The state will release individual reports demonstrating how each student has grown over a two-year period by comparing them to their peers on standardized tests like the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests.

Joan Boorman, director of testing and grants with the school system, told the school board at its meeting Tuesday about the new Georgia Student Growth Model Reports.

The information will be a measure of progress relative to others in the state built on percentages, she explained. Assuming a child has at least two years of academic history to compare, parents can see if their child is demonstrating low, typical or high growth and where they fall in the state based on a percentile.

For example, a student that's in the 50th percentile is performing better than 50 percent of his peers, but also less than the other 50 percent, Boorman explained.

Two other things you should know from the school board meeting:

The school board has new leaders: Dr. Hank Yeargan was elected chairman and John Madala was elected vice chair.

The board received both good and bad financial news: After approving only the third change order in regard to the new Brunswick High, the system will receive a refund of $31,435. Madala said for a project of its size, only three change orders was something to take note of. Darlene Moye, district director of federal programs, shared that the state has reduced the system's Title I funding by $57,565. In a budget of roughly $3.8 million, it might not seem like much, she said, but that's in addition to a reduction of $1 million over the past two years. Title I funding is often used to reduce class size in the county.

* Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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