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Georgia leaves No Child Left Behind

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State Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) on Tuesday.

The CCRPI is the state's new accountability system that replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement.

"There are definitely pluses to the new system. It's not a simple pass/fail measurement," said Lilian Govus spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Schools.

Govus said the district welcomes the state's new system of determining how well a school does at getting students ready for the future.

"It's given us opportunities to look at other areas where we can add additional resources so that we can help our teachers and our students," said Govus. "When they do graduate from our district they will be prepared for college or the career of their choice or the military."

The CCRPI measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale system. It gives the state and each district a score for elementary, middle and high schools.

"Under the old accountability system, No Child Left Behind, everything hinged on whether they passed the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test or whether they passed the Georgia High School Test," said Barge. "There was no incentive for students to pursue the rigors, pursue advanced placement courses or pursue college level courses."

The CCRPI also takes into account more than just math and English. In determining a school's average score, it also measures how students are doing in other areas like science and social studies

"What we try to do is have an index that is clear and easy to understand for all people involved, so parents also know exactly why a school is not performing well," said Barge.

"We do feel this is a better system, and a more understandable system than was in place with AYP. We look forward to learning more about it and the accountability that will be tied to it," said Gwinnett County Schools Associate Superintendent Steve Flynt.

"While we are below the state in our average results, some of our schools are achieving at the highest levels. As a district, we will remain relentless in implementing programs that move all of our schools toward high levels of achievement," said Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Stephen Alford.

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