No Child Left Behind

U.S. Dept of Education grants extension to Ga.

by Celia Shortt

The extension granted to Georgia by the U.S. Department of Education for flexibility with parts of the No Child Left Behind Act will not bring any changes to Coweta County.

“Very much a state issue here,” said Coweta County Schools Public Information Officer Dean Jackson of the extension. “The ESEA exemption allows Georgia establish its current accountability system under the CCRPI.”

CCRPI stands for College and Career Readiness Performance Index and is Georgia’s current educational accountability system.

The Atlanta AP office reported that in a letter on Thursday, federal educational officials said Georgia had been given the extension for the 2014-2015 school year because “flexibility from some of the law’s provisions have helped Georgia execute student achievement reforms.”

The reforms cited by the federal officials include: statewide professional development programs, school accountability initiatives, and platforms for student and teacher improvement. They said all these reforms go beyond federal regulations.

Atlanta AP also said when Georgia applies for another renewal next year, the state Department of Education must show that their educational standards have “helped improve student progress and address achievement gaps.”

In addition to Georgia, Delaware, Minnesota, New York, and South Carolina were also granted extensions.

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