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Georgia Seeks Education Overhaul

Updated: 3 years ago.
Georgia requests that it be allowed to include science, social studies and foreign languages — rather than just math and reading.

Georgia is asking for a massive overhaul of how it measures student achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

In documents obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, the state requests that it be allowed to include science, social studies and foreign languages — rather than just math and reading — in its calculation of which schools pass muster. Georgia also wants to stop rating schools as simply passing or failing by using a five-star system and colored flags to indicate whether a school is making gains.

Georgia was among the first states to file a waiver Monday. Education Secretary Arne Duncan offered the waivers as Congress continues to debate how to overhaul the law, which passed in 2002 and has been due for a rewrite since 2007.

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