Barge Presents New Schools Accountability Plan in D.C.
(AJC) — State Schools Superintendent John Barge on Tuesday presented a plan to measure school performance on a broader basis to the Secretary of Education, attempting to procure an exemption for Georgia from test-focused federal requirements. Barge and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., asked Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a waiver for the adequate yearly progress measure of the controversial No Child Left Behind law. Isakson said Barge’s plan would be a template for other states, consisting of scores on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test along with other factors in a “performance index.” The waiver suggested that schools be judged on multiple criteria (20 for high schools, 13 for middle and elementary schools). Student attendance would be a factor at each school level. ACT, SAT and End of Course test scores would count in high school, plus the percentage of students who attend technical schools or colleges without requiring remedial or support sources.