Posted: Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 9:39pm
Ga. gets extended exemption from parts of federal education law
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Education has granted Georgia an extended exemption from certain parts of the No Child Left Behind Act.
In a letter Thursday, federal education officials said Georgia has been given an extension for the 2014-15 school year because flexibility from some of the law's provisions have helped the state execute student achievement reforms.
Federal officials cited the creation of statewide professional development programs, school accountability initiatives and platforms for student and teacher improvement as reforms that go beyond federal regulations.
State school Superintendent John Barge said the extension is good news for Georgia students, parents and teachers.
"For the last couple of years we have been holding schools accountable and rewarding them for the work they do in all subjects and with all students," he said in a statement. "The College and Career Ready Performance Index gives parents and communities a clearer and more accurate picture of their schools' effectiveness in educating our students."
When the state applies for a renewal of the extension next year, federal education officials say the state Department of Education must show Georgia education standards have helped improve student progress and address achievement gaps.
Extensions were also granted to education systems in Delaware, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina.
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