Ga. ex­empted from parts of fed­eral ed­u­ca­tion law

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — The U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has granted Ge­or­gia an ex­ten­sion for flex­i­bil­ity from 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 Ge­or­gia ex­e­cute stu­dent achieve­ment re­forms.

Fed­eral officials cited the cre­ation of statewide pro­fes- sional devel­op­ment pro­grams, school ac­count­abil­ity ini­tia­tives and plat­forms for stu­dent and teacher im­prove­ment as re­forms that go be­yond fed­eral reg­u­la­tions.

Officials say when the state ap­plies for a re­newal of the ex­ten­sion next year, the state De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion must show Ge­or­gia ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards have helped im­prove stu­dent progress and ad­dress achieve­ment gaps.

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