If the feds approve Georgia’s request for a waiver from No Child Left Behind, school chief John Barge said, “AYP will be done for Georgia. We will be issuing each school district an index score based on 100 percent.”
Barge expects to know in two weeks whether the federal Department of Education will give Georgia, one of 11 states seeking a wavier, a reprieve from No Child’s stringent accountability requirements. Georgia is proposing to use another form of accountability that it contends is richer and more comprehensive reflection of school effectiveness, a College and Career Ready Performance Index.
“We feel it is a much more powerful tool for our schools,” said Barge, speaking to the media Friday afternoon. “It will actually drive their school improvement process.”
DOE says its index will impose scores 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 index score.
Barge said AYP was not helpful.
“As long as we could get X number students passed on the test, we are OK. Everybody is happy. Well, I think we all know we can get students to pass the test but they are anything but ready for college and career.”
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog