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GA wants out of No Child Left Behind

Georgia schools are bracing for a big change after the state became one of the first to appeal provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. 

State Schools Superintendent John Barge and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson took the first step  by applying for a waiver from many of the act's requirements.

The state wants to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress evaluation, primarily based on CRCT results, with a new evaluation called the College and Career-Ready Performance Index.

It would take into account ACT and SAT scores, performance on advanced placement tests, success in career tech classes, and reading levels in elementary and middle schools.

"By doing away with AYP and establishing a new index which is a broad index you would not have one disaggregated group dragging and entire school down which is what happened in no child left behind instead the school would be evaluated in its totality,"said Senator Isakson.

Barge believes de-emphasizing the CRCT could lead to less stress and less cheating. The Secretary of Education has warned 82% of schools could be labeled a failure next year, if charges aren't made to the law.


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