Making the Grade?

Educators across Georgia are going online Monday to get their annual report cards. The scores will help define which schools are doing well and which ones need improvement.

School districts across Georgia are looking over the latest scores in the state's report, which was released on Monday. Locally, the Lowndes County school system did very well. Compared to last year's scores, Lowndes students improved their act scores to an average of 19.9, just higher than the state average.

The county's graduation rate also improved, up more than two percent to 68.3%.

"We are pretty pleased with it, there are only a few places where we had a couple of set backs from last year, and that's being worked on," said Jennifer Hattaway of Lowndes County Schools.

Graduation rates at all south Georgia school systems changed. Grady County saw an increase to 55%, Thomasville City schools saw a drop, to just over 53%, Thomas County increased four percent to 75% and Brooks Bounty fell to just 45.5%. The Georgia average is just over 63%.

Early results for the Valdosta City school system are mixed. The city school system saw its average act score fall to 19.7, just below the state average. Its graduation rate did climb to 52.5%, but that also remains below the state average.

System leaders say parents need to step up and help the school district improve those scores.

"Parental involvement is major. That's one of our focuses this year, because if our parents are not behind those students, then those students will think no one cares," said Janeen Josey of Valdosta City Schools.

Final letter grades of A, B, C, D and F will be issued on each school later this school year.