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AP exam participation: Fulton County

AP exam participation: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Fulton County, 9,043 students took 17,523 AP exams in 2014, and 11,664 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each Fulton County public high school:

Alpharetta HS
965 students took 2,150 exams
1,740 passing scores

2014 SAT scores: Fulton County

2014 SAT scores: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Fulton County, 4,996 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Fulton County
Critical Reading: 520
Math: 530
Writing: 517

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Fulton County public high school:

Alpharetta HS
447 test-takers
Critical Reading: 562
Math: 580
Writing: 562

Banneker HS
83 test-takers
Critical Reading: 398
Math: 396
Writing: 384

Cambridge HS
197 test-takers
Critical Reading: 530
Math: 539
Writing: 518

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

Elementary Grand Prix Race Series begins Oct. 4

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Peachtree City Rotary Club has announced the 2014-15 lineup of its popular Elementary Grand Prix Race Series.

The series was started in 2005 as a way to curb childhood obesity in Peachtree City and Fayette County. Every elementary school in the county hosts a 5K to encourage students and their families to run and to lead active, healthy lives.

Last year's series raised about $100,000 for the rotary club and local schools.

Participants earn points at each race; the higher they place in their age groups, the more points they earn. The top three finishers in each age group will receive plaques and be recognized at a special rotary club reception in May.

This year's schedule includes:

Saturday, Oct. 4
Fayetteville Elementary 5K
(490 Hood Avenue)

Saturday, Oct. 25
Peeples Elementary 5K
(153 Panther Path)

2015 Best Colleges: Brenau University

2015 Best Colleges: Brenau University

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- U.S. News & World Report has released its 2015 list of America's best colleges and universities.

Three Georgia schools earned national rankings: Emory University (21), Georgia Tech (35) and the University of Georgia (62).

Brenau University was featured on some U.S. News lists as well. It is No. 43 on Regional University South Rankings and No. 12 on Best Colleges for Veterans.

The university's graduate school fared well in three areas -- No. 411 for nursing, and Nos. 36 and 58 at its Gainesville and Atlanta campuses, respectively, for occupational therapy.

Brenau also ranked No. 95 on Best Online Graduate Business Programs and No. 107 on Best Online Graduate Education Programs.

See the complete list of top schools at usnews.com.

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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