Richmond County was home to one of 29 Project ExPreSS sites. The new program was a partnership between the state and local school systems. It was a state-funded effort aimed at students who had not passed the Georgia High School Graduation Tests in science or social studies. More than 2,000 students received two weeks of intensive instruction June 8-18 and then had the opportunity to retest on June 19.
The overall pass rate on this retest was 68 percent; more than double last year's pass rate on GHSGT retests in these subjects.
Public high school students take graduation tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies and must pass all the exams, as well as the Georgia High School Writing Test, in order to graduate. Science and social studies are the two tests that Georgia students have struggled with the most.