Georgia To Receive Waiver From No Child Left Behind

Breaking News without a lot of details at this hour.  WXIA/11Alive News said during their morning newscast that the Obama administration will be granting waivers to 10 states, including Georgia, from the requirements of No Child Left Behind.  The rationale apparently will be that it is too reliant on standardized test scores.  Somewhere in Cherokee County, John Konop is doing his happy dance.


  1. John Konop says:

    I hope the state and local communities use this to transform the schools with the focus on an multi-track system cordinated with colleges, JC, vo-tech……..while students are in high school. We could use the administrative cost savings and even wire schools to have classrooms connected with the above, which not only would save money in the long-run, it would more importamtly match the best instructors with students.

    We must also change the system from a teach to the test system to instead having school systems graded on a combination of graduation rates, skills with job placement or acceptance into college. A big part of unemployment is the schools system not matching the skills employers are seeking. Which is why we must cordinated people in the local business community working with the schools system on skill needs not the current system that has the federal government telling us what we need ie NCLB.

  2. bowersville says:

    There is no reason to re-invent the wheel. Other states have coordinated college bound programs for high school students. Look at this college coordinated program in NC. The high school students are in a building on campus at the community college and can obtain an AA degree in an average of 5 years. Basically the high school students are funded the same as public HS but attend college level courses.

    New Castle County Delaware has vo-tech high schools as a public school alternate course track.

    Georgia may not need to go big with separate high schools for different tracks but the options seem unlimited with a little imagination outside the box.

  3. Charlie says:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today praised the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to grant the state of Georgia a waiver from ‘No Child Left Behind.’ In September 2011, Isakson and Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge personally delivered Georgia’s request for a waiver from the law to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

    Isakson formerly chaired theGeorgia State Board of Education and, as a member of the U.S. House, helped draft ‘No Child Left Behind.’ The law was designed as a comprehensive education reform to strengthen this nation’s public schools by providing them with the necessary resources to give all children a quality education.

    “I applaud the administration for making the right decision today by granting the state of Georgia this waiver,” said Isakson.“While ‘No Child Left Behind’ is not perfect, it has greatly improved the quality and delivery of education in the United States, and it has held schools accountable for student performance. After a decade of ‘No Child Left Behind,’ it is time to make changes based on what we have learned from its implementation, and that includes allowing states and local school systems to make choices that best suit their students’ needs.”

    In September 2011, the state of Georgia asked the U.S. Department of Education for permission to replace ‘No Child Left Behind’ with a new program called Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index. This proposal, which was developed by Superintendent Barge and the Georgia Department of Education, measures the extent to which a school, school district, and the state are successfully making progress on a number of accountability indicators such as content mastery, student attendance, and the next level of preparation.

    Last year, Secretary Duncan decided to allow states the option of seeking a waiver from a provision included in ‘No Child Left Behind’ called Adequate Yearly Progress, also known informally as AYP, which requires that states use standardized testing to measure progress from one year to the next and to set the bar higher each year for schools. Isakson believes that Georgia’s new program to replace AYP develops an index system that more accurately and fairly measures educational progress than AYP. Georgia’s program will also allow parents, teachers and administrators greater ability monitor the progress of individual students.

  4. SouthGATeacher180 says:

    What many may not understand is that this waiver coincides with the charter amendment in GA. GA has been granted the waiver because they took Race to the Top dollars and have agreed to “change” the way GA’s schools teaches students…what that means is that the state will change its curriculum AGAIN to meet the requirements of the waiver. In other words, they are doing what the Obama US Department of Education is telling them to do in order to get the federal funds.

    It is interesting to me that the Atlanta Republicans want to create an amendment at the expense of more federal intrusion. With the changing of the educational infrastructure with all of these charter laws and career academy (aka charters) initiatives, the effectiveness measures and accountability rules will be no different under the Performance Readiness Indexes…it is just another name for what is already in place so schools ( public and charter) can hide student performance in the plethora of data collection.

    • benevolus says:

      “the effectiveness measures and accountability rules will be no different under the Performance Readiness Indexes…it is just another name for what is already in place so schools ”

      I think the intent is to change that. Instead of measuring success via one test result, success will be measured via a set of criteria, which I am pretty sure is how they do it pretty much everywhere else in the world.

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