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Atlanta Public Schools closed Tuesday

Atlanta Public Schools closed Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Students in Atlanta get to sleep in Tuesday morning.

Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday morning that, due to inclement weather, the school system will be closed Tuesday. All classes and activities are canceled.

See a complete list of closings and delays.

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

(WXIA) -- The public school graduation rate in Georgia continues to climb.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the state's graduation rate was 71.5 percent in 2013 -- almost two points higher than in 2012 and four points above 2011's rate.

Every state uses a U.S. Department of Education-mandated four-year adjusted cohort rate to calculate graduations. It tracks the number of students who graduate from high school within the standard four years.

State superintendent Dr. John Barge said the more rigorous calculation method still shows an increase in Georgia's graduation rate.

"Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers," Barge said in a statement.

Atlanta Public Schools' 2013 four-year graduation rate was 58.6 percent.

GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.

Beverly Hall testifies in pre-trial hearing

Beverly Hall testifies in pre-trial hearing

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall took the stand during a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.

Hall is among 34 educators charged in a system-wide test cheating scandal.

PHOTOS | Indicted APS educators

Hall's attorneys filed a motion to throw out information she gave to investigators looking into the cheating. Hall testified that she feared losing her job if she did not cooperate.

Defense attorneys argued the statements Hall gave were coerced because of her fear of termination. But Judge Jerry Baxter disagreed and denied the motion.

Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

Reward Schools: Atlanta Public Schools

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has released the 2013 list of Reward Schools throughout the state.

Reward School distinction is given in two categories.

A Highest Performing School is a Title I school, or a low-income school that receives federal funding, with the highest student performance on statewide exams over three years.

High Progress Schools are Title I schools with the most improved performance among all students on statewide exams.

Atlanta Public Schools' 2013 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performance
* Early College High School at Carver
* Charles R. Drew Charter School
* Inman MS
* West Manor ES

High Progress
* Early College High School at Carver
* Booker T. Washington Early College Small School
* KIPP STRIVE Academy
* Charles R. Drew Charter School
* South Atlanta Law and Social Justice School

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.