Douglas County School System High Schools - Rankings and Data

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SHOCKED

Douglasville, GA

#1 Sep 12, 2013
Ok, here it is Douglas County resident. This is where we are here in Douglas County in education. The link will show how awful the school system is educating your children.

Where is all the money going? Why are score and High School so bad? Teachers are paid well, but are NOT doing there jobs according to these US News and World Report stats.

Look at the top schools in the state and even in the US and you will see a horrible report. It really shows just how "minority" based we are also.....maybe that is the reason. AS many of Atlanta's THUGS have moved here, it has destroyed our community.

Douglas County Educational system gets and F. Is it any wonder no one with any sense will move here, they LOVE their families and kids to much.

Education is one of the main reasons people chose an area to live, and based on these scores NO ONE would bring a kid here - unless they are moving from the slums of another community from the Atlanta area.

Looks like we are in trouble, real trouble.
SHOCKED

Douglasville, GA

#2 Sep 12, 2013
The Link to check US World and News Report :

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-sch...
whoo haaa

Marietta, GA

#3 Sep 16, 2013
This link shows that the only school below the Georgia average is Lithia Springs HS.

We don't just need to fix education in the county, we need to fix the state.

I will never understand how some states continuously fail in education while others continuously succeed...why don't the failing states try what the exceeding states are doing???
Joe Yule Jr

Lithia Springs, GA

#4 Sep 17, 2013
whoo haaa wrote:
This link shows that the only school below the Georgia average is Lithia Springs HS.
We don't just need to fix education in the county, we need to fix the state.
I will never understand how some states continuously fail in education while others continuously succeed...why don't the failing states try what the exceeding states are doing???
Interestingly, there also seems to be a correlation between poor schools, welfare usage and being a red state.

Just sayin'.
taxpayer

Atlanta, GA

#5 Sep 25, 2013
And the Douglas County School Board is the 2nd highest paid in the state! Meanwhile we are 16th in student population and have terrible scores.

Everyone should attend the next school board meeting on 10/7 as this will be a hot topic of discussion.
The Thought Forge

Douglasville, GA

#6 Sep 25, 2013
Test scores are an unreliable measure of how well a particular school or district is doing in regards to its obligations to teach children. The "recent" APS cheating scandal is the poster child, in my mind, of how badly our public education system needs reform.

Of course, you don't need school statistics to be able to gauge the performance of public education, either. Just have a look at our national literacy rates, or passively observe the (lack of) competency of the people you interact with in your daily life. This is a problem and has been for a long time; I am, however, glad that more people are beginning to take an interest.

I will be at the next school board meeting(again) and I encourage you to do the same.
The Thought Forge

Douglasville, GA

#7 Sep 25, 2013
Joe Yule Jr wrote:
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Interestingly, there also seems to be a correlation between poor schools, welfare usage and being a red state.
Just sayin'.
Of course, it's all so obvious! We should concentrate on party warfare, and our problems will sort themselves out in the meantime.

How about you do something useful rather than complain?
whoo haaaa

Marietta, GA

#8 Sep 25, 2013
The Thought Forge wrote:
Test scores are an unreliable measure of how well a particular school or district is doing in regards to its obligations to teach children. The "recent" APS cheating scandal is the poster child, in my mind, of how badly our public education system needs reform.
Of course, you don't need school statistics to be able to gauge the performance of public education, either. Just have a look at our national literacy rates, or passively observe the (lack of) competency of the people you interact with in your daily life. This is a problem and has been for a long time; I am, however, glad that more people are beginning to take an interest.
I will be at the next school board meeting(again) and I encourage you to do the same.
Talk about something that needs to be fixed from the inside out.

Our teachers and our students spend tons of time jumping through hoops set by politicians and legislators. All it does is demoralize both parties. It is so screwed up!!!!
Joe Yule Jr

Lithia Springs, GA

#9 Sep 25, 2013
The Thought Forge wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course, it's all so obvious! We should concentrate on party warfare, and our problems will sort themselves out in the meantime.
How about you do something useful rather than complain?
You obviously have your sarcasm filter set way too high.
taxpayer

Douglasville, GA

#10 Sep 25, 2013
Excellent observation Joe Yule. The Southern red states are at the lowest of most all of the measurable scales in education. And now Governor Deal wants to tinker with the curriculum. He is already aligning himself with the Tea party who is against the Common Core which aligns how much and when students learn subjects with the rest of the country. That's right, let's just crawl back under our little educational rock and pretend that we don't need to measure up to anyplace else in the U.S. It will be just fine to teach regionally and not worry what is going on in the big world around us.
watcher

Atlanta, GA

#11 Sep 26, 2013
Joe Yule posting as taxpayer to make his position seem more popular? It's more likely than you think
whoo haaaa

Marietta, GA

#12 Sep 26, 2013
Common core is not the answer to educational reform. it is the coup d'etat to anything redeemable about public education.

The standards are written by one group, the curriculum by another and the test by yet another - and none of them compare notes or work in an actual classroom with actual students. The language is so vague they can't answer or explain what the standards mean/encompass to parents or teachers.

I think it is downright mean to put teachers and students through the experience of "common core".
And, if you watch - states that lead educationally are questioning the common core and it's effectiveness...

Again, politicians and leaders should stick with what they know and that clearly isn't education.
one guys opinion

Douglasville, GA

#13 Oct 5, 2013
Three problems in our high schools:
Discipline: You should see the dress code violations and the kids walking around with their earphones. At my high school, there has not been a dress code check this entire year. Kids don't go to class, and teachers have taken to sending out emails that say, if you see this kid, then please send him back to class.That is just the tip of the iceberg.
Testing instead of teaching: High school graduation tests, end of course tests, common district assessments and now a new one called a SLO (yes, they actually call it the slow test). Teachers are teaching the test and the test is for the lowest common denominator.
Unavailable leadership: Our county is spending so much time having administration meetings that our principals are often out of the school a couple of days a week. Some of them are gone more than that. It isn't that they are bad leaders (well, some of them are bad leaders) but nobody can lead a school while they are sitting in a meeting at the county office.
Donkey

Marietta, GA

#14 Oct 5, 2013
One Guys, you are obviously a teacher in the district. SLO assessments are state-mandated tests, not anything the schools can change. Admin meetings? There's one a month, so your math is off. Oh, and it was canceled last month.
one guys opinion

Douglasville, GA

#15 Oct 6, 2013
Of course I'm a teacher. I thought that was evident from the phrase, "at my school." SLO may be state mandated, but the state didn't make them. If there is only one admin meeting a month, then WHERE ARE THE ADMINISTRATORS?
whooo haaaa

Marietta, GA

#16 Oct 7, 2013
one guys opinion wrote:
Three problems in our high schools:
Discipline: You should see the dress code violations and the kids walking around with their earphones. At my high school, there has not been a dress code check this entire year. Kids don't go to class, and teachers have taken to sending out emails that say, if you see this kid, then please send him back to class.That is just the tip of the iceberg.
Testing instead of teaching: High school graduation tests, end of course tests, common district assessments and now a new one called a SLO (yes, they actually call it the slow test). Teachers are teaching the test and the test is for the lowest common denominator.
Unavailable leadership: Our county is spending so much time having administration meetings that our principals are often out of the school a couple of days a week. Some of them are gone more than that. It isn't that they are bad leaders (well, some of them are bad leaders) but nobody can lead a school while they are sitting in a meeting at the county office.
My daughter's hs has discipline. Still, too many leaders and teachers are taken away from the classroom/school for meetings and trainings. Time away is bad, but when the training is pretty much irrelevant, it is super frustrating.
Disappointed

Demorest, GA

#17 Oct 18, 2013
Our school system is definitely heading in the wrong direction as a result of poor leadership. We need to start by removing the Superintendent closely followed by the board.Hopefully we can as citizens and stakeholders be able to vote for the superintendent and remove the good ol boy system. We now have !
PARENT

Ashburn, VA

#18 Oct 18, 2013
I also think part of the problem is the superintendent came from Cobb County which is far more different than Douglas before 10 years ago even. He is making sure that people are hired are from Cobb County also! Coaches, administration and other departments. We need to get someone in here that is going to take the BULL by the balls and make problems go away get these teachers, principals, and administration liable for what happens!
We also need to get the problem kids OUT OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!!! If the parents are not going to do anything about them then why should the school system? They shouldn't! Those student parents should have to send them to Omega, private schools or home school instead of letting them take time away from the students that want to learn or that their parents make sure that they do what they are suppose to!
I DO NOT agree with people working in the school system that send their children to private school! Sorry I just don't, I think that if you are working in the public school system and it is good enough for you to work in then it should be good enough for your kids to go to.
Let's get our county back and get ahold of the future!
formerresident

Decatur, GA

#19 Oct 18, 2013
It seems like there is significant money in my backyard, that is going down the drain, that could be used for education, but unfortunately this private citizen needs a public group to access it with me.

Just a thought.
bob

Douglasville, GA

#20 Oct 19, 2013
Thats because these teacher.arnt.learning these kids anything.anymore.

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