Ga. Board Approves Social Studies Curriculum

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Board of Education has approved changes to Georgia's social studies curriculum in hopes of preventing a repeat of last spring when droves of students failed state-mandated tests.

State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox attributed the 70-80 percent of sixth- and seventh-graders who failed the social studies portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests this year on the state's curriculum not matching the exams. She threw the scores out and promised to fix the problem.

A committee of educators and experts combed through the curriculum this summer and suggested changes. The new curriculum narrows what students learn in sixth- and seventh-grade and eliminates redundancy in the material.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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