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Georgia drops No Child Left Behind Act

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Georgia Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge Georgia Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge

Dropping the No Child Left Behind Act is a relief for Georgia teachers, according to Georgia Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge, who spoke to a group of educators Wednesday morning. 

Barge told the group the state's waiver from the federal law returns the focus to education and not test taking. 

"We can give all the head knowledge and we can have them pass a test," Barge told CBS Atlanta News.  "But they are far from being ready for college or work."

Barge, among other things, told the group that the law created an atmosphere of fear.  Barge also said he believes it limited the educators' abilities to teach by only measuring their worth by how well their students tested.

"So we are now freeing those schools and teachers up to look at the full picture and what are we doing to prepare this whole child for success," Barge said.

Barge said the teaching-the-test approach clearly didn't work for Georgia students. For proof, he told the group to look no further than the cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta Public Schools.

"I've never met a teacher in the state yet who is afraid of accountability, but what they plead for is, 'Hold me accountable for everything I do, not just a test score,'" Barge said.

Victor Martinez, a Georgia teacher, said he sees the change as a golden opportunity.

"It's the type of deal where we are going to move it back and say, 'Hey, it's not just about taking a test, but knowing what you know,'" Martinez said.

Dr. Barge also talked to the group about the Georgia's HOPE scholarship.  He said he believes the scores should be higher to receive a full ride to a state school. 

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