Ga. exempted from parts of federal education law
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.