Georgia has made it official: Wants a waiver from No Child Left Behind

nochild (Medium) Georgia is one of 11 states seeking a waiver from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which has become viewed as a shackle by most states.

From Georgia DOE:

The Georgia Department of Education formally submitted an application yesterday for a waiver of No Child Left Behind. In September, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge personally delivered Georgia’s request for a waiver to certain provisions of NCLB, and an alternative accountability plan, to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The U.S. Department of Education required that a formal application be submitted electronically, which was due yesterday for those states seeking early waivers.

Georgia is one of the first states seeking a waiver from some of the requirements within NCLB. The state is requesting permission to implement a new College and Career Ready Performance Index for each public school, school district, and the state for the 2011 – 2012 school year. This CCRPI determination will vary based on grade levels.

However, it will measure 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.

“Through Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index, we will be able to use multiple indicators to determine a school’s overall impact on our students,” said Superintendent Barge. “This approach will do more to ensure that the K-12 experience provides students with the academic preparation to compete globally, as well as the career development skills aligned with the evolving requirements of our workforce.”

The proposed CCRPI for high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools represents more than 18 months of work dedicated to continuing a rigorous statewide accountability plan that is more indicative of a focus on school improvement and students’ preparedness for the future than the current Adequate Yearly Progress  calculations. The Georgia Department of Education has worked with a number of education stakeholders throughout the state, including: district superintendents; K-12 principals, counselors, and teachers; higher education leaders; business/industry partners. Also, the formation of CCRPI has been guided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Blueprint for Reform, the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Roadmap for Next-Generation Accountability Systems, and technical advice from a number of other education partners.

The implementation of the CCRPI will yield an in-depth analysis of students’ college and career readiness, which is not currently provided by data collected for AYP. Separate scores will be provided in three areas to capture the essential work of individual schools: Achievement Score (based upon current year data); Progress Score (based upon current and prior year data); and Achievement Gap Closure Score (based upon gap closure at the state or school level). The school-wide scores in these three areas will be weighted to produce the school’s overall CCRPI score.

“We have a unique opportunity to implement a state-specific performance index that communicates a clear pathway towards school improvement and transparent accountability. It also charts the course for ensuring that more of Georgia’s students are truly college and career ready,” said Superintendent Barge. “This index will give schools a score that better reflects their efforts to educate students and will be much easier to communicate to the general public.”

For the 2011 – 2012 school year, Georgia requests “stay put” permission relative to the current 2011 AYP determinations, Needs Improvement (NI) interventions as outlined in the Georgia Single Statewide Accountability System and in Georgia’s Consolidated State Application Accountability workbook, and consequence structure. The CCRPI calculations will be communicated to Georgia schools and school districts to establish baseline data for 2011-2012 within the context of a “hold harmless” consequence structure.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

15 comments Add your comment

Beverly Fraud

November 15th, 2011
11:45 am

Can Georgia teachers get a waiver from SYSTEMIC STUPIDITY? (As long as we are going to talk about things that would REALLY help)

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

November 15th, 2011
12:02 pm

The educational debacle will never be resolved.


November 15th, 2011
12:32 pm

The overall Republican goal in Georgia is as many voucher private schools as possible and as few public schools as possible. This is because the core far-right Christians who vote Republican want schools where students are taught the Earth is flat, the Sun revolves around the Earth, the Earth is the center of the Universe, The New Testament is the absolutely proven word of God, evolution is the work of the Devil and science in general must take a back seat to scripture.

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November 15th, 2011
12:45 pm

I applaud Dr. Barge and the DOE. I’ve poured over the CCRPI framework, and it is a major improvement over NCLB. Skeptics should note, I hope, that this is a Georgia-created solution for Georgia schools and students. Also, at its heart, it is about something that truly matters and is measurable: being ready for what comes next. It is NOT just about test scores and grades.


November 15th, 2011
12:49 pm

carlos = nut job

The reps are only trying to correct 130+ years of the libs being in charged in this state. You libs did such a crappy job in terms of education during that time.

You also forget that scientist predicted there never would be heavier-than-air flight. Do us a favor – go back & join your OWS buddies downtown.

Once Again

November 15th, 2011
12:55 pm

Vote to refuse all federal funds, tell the feds to shove it, and get on with the business of returning school control back to the communities and parents. The feds generate 6% of the revenue and 99% of the regulations. There aren’t WAY too many administrators because schools actually NEED these folks. They are only employed to make sure the schools comply with the federal regulations.

High School Parent

November 15th, 2011
12:56 pm

I am not sure I understand the “stay put” reference. Does this mean that students will not be offered AYP transfers next year? Will the students who are attending a school other than their own get to stay at the receiving school?


November 15th, 2011
12:57 pm

Ah, all this overhead wonky nonsense, make-work for bureaucrats who apparently don’t know how to productively contribute to society (like actually teaching kids something).

Tell me again, WHY do we tolerate the Fed messing with education? What value do they add for the dollars expended?


November 15th, 2011
1:10 pm

I’ll admit I don’t really understand the techno-jargon in the waiver request, so perhaps it is a good proposal. Unfortunately, it is largely irrelevant to the key fact on the ground, which I do understand; you cannot cut the education budget by BILLIONS of dollars in just a few years, as Georgia has done, and hope to have any meaningful education progress.


November 15th, 2011
1:32 pm

If you can’t ‘meet expectations’ then change the expectation….more of the same.

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November 15th, 2011
1:57 pm

hmmm… I’m confused. I thought moving away from NCLB is what everyone (everyone being the teachers and parents on this blog) wanted???? Now there are grumblings that the state has requested a waiver to do so, and people are still not happy. Am I missing something? Shouldn’t this be a good thing… or at least a good start?

As a parent, not in the education field, and no experience with NCLB, I take to heart and value all of your opinions. But I’m starting to think that alot of you just like to complain for the sake of complaining.

Beverly Fraud

November 15th, 2011
2:45 pm

“I’ll admit I don’t really understand the techno-jargon in the waiver request, so perhaps it is a good proposal.”

@yuzurebrane I hop you DO understand one of the major purposes of the techno-jargon is that it’s written so you WON’T understand. If you write it it common sense terms, it’s too easy to realize most government programs LACK common sense.

But, simply put, this proposal is designed to re-rigorize the rigor, in a rigorous way, as to measure the metrics of rigor with a rigorousness that will revitalize the revitalization of the rigor.

For the children, of course.

No Teacher Left Standing

November 15th, 2011
3:55 pm

The wonders never cease. Georgia wants to abandon SOME of the provisions in NCLB, and that is fine. It was always wrong to expect EVERY school in this country to be meeting national yearly progress standards by 2014. That goal was never realistic anyway. Until every school is filled with native English speakers who have no learning or mental disabilities, meeting that ridiculous goal was never going to happen.

Two important components that have been lost in this sea of data, percentages, and goals are the kids and those who teach them. The forgotten component in all of this is also the parents. Most of whom don’t realize that their involvement in their child’s education has more of an impact on all of that important data than anyone or anything. Teachers can teach, administrators can crunch numbers, and legislators (who have never taught) can create edicts about education, but the parent who sits at the table during homework time, communicates with their children, and generally gives a $*!# about their child’s education has the most lasting impact on a student.

I could go on and on and on……