Georgia Dept. of Education identifies standardized tests to be eliminated

The Georgia Department of Education announced it’s eliminated the Georgia Milestones End-of-Course tests that are normally required for high school students.

The Georgia Milestones End-of-Course tests to be eliminated are geometry/analytic geometry, ninth grade literature and composition, physical science, and economics.

In 2015, there were 32 state-required tests. By the beginning of 2020, the number of required tests was down to 19.

And Senate Bill 367, which eliminated the fifth-grade social studies Georgia Milestones assessment, was signed into law in July. State BOE officials say this reduced Georgia’s elementary school testing to the federal minimum.

High school students in Georgia will continue to take the Georgia Milestones EOCs in the following subjects:

  • Algebra I/Coordinate Algebra
  • American Literature and Composition
  • Biology
  • US History

The only tests in Georgia that are not required by federal law at this time are eighth-grade social studies and high-school US History, bringing middle and high school

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As science is under assault, Georgia Tech president affirms people-centered research, teaching

By David Pendered

At a time science and its practitioners are under assault, Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera spoke of the role of research institutions and their mission to provide, “hope to find solutions to the most important problems of our time.”

Ángel Cabrera. Credit: Georgia Tech

Cabrera’s remarks affirm Tech’s continuing commitment to address the thorniest issues of the era, even two that are draped in political discord: The coronavirus, and social equity. These two challenges, and their related components, represent the new mission of the institute Cabrera intends to lead as its 12th president.

“I’m proud of the science and innovation here,” Cabrera continued. “But, ultimately, it’s not technology for technology’s sake, but to improve the human condition.”

Tech new mission statement, devised in a collaborative process in an exercise suggested by Cabrera after he arrived on campus a year ago this autumn, states that Tech is

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Georgia State, Georgia Tech Join Technology and Social Science Researchers to Address Injustices – Georgia State University News

ATLANTA—Twenty Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology faculty and graduate students, recently named Public Interest Technology – University Network (PIT-UN) Fellows, are now collaborating on interdisciplinary research projects designed to address historic social and racial inequality in the Southeast.

This PIT-UN program pairs faculty from commuting and the social sciences together to advance justice and improve public well-being via technology. The projects will address problems or challenges related to public health, criminal justice, housing displacement or disinvestment, and nonprofit organizations.

Susan M. Snyder and Scott Jacques, both of Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, co-lead the fellowship program with Ellen Zegura of Georgia Tech, which administers the PIT-UN “Network Challenge” grant that funds it. The grant is the first of its kind awarded by PIT-UN, which is supported by the Ford Foundation, New America and the Hewlett Foundation.

“We are grateful to New America and the

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Amazon adding 1,000 jobs to new robotics fulfillment center in Georgia

Amazon is adding 1,000 jobs to a new robotics fulfillment center in an Atlanta suburb.

The 640,000-square-foot facility in Gwinnett County will be the eighth fulfillment center Amazon has opened in Georgia in the last decade, according to Fox News’ Atlanta bureau.

AMAZON TO INVEST $18B TO HELP SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED BUSINESSES

“What an exciting day,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said during a Tuesday press conference. “We just can’t thank Amazon enough for the investments that they’ve been making in our state.”

The fulfillment center will be the first in Georgia to use advanced robotics to help employees, who will earn an average $15 per hour plus full benefits, pack and ship tens of thousands of online orders, local news outlet WSB-TV 2 reported.

AMAZON FULFILLMENT CENTER FEATURES ROBOTS WORKING ALONGSIDE EMPLOYEES

The company’s regional director of operations for Amazon robotics for the U.S. Southeast, Robert Packett, said Amazon “will

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