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April 19-- On Thursday, Governor Deal signed Senate Bill 410 authored by President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams (R-Lyons).  SB 410 will assign a numerical score rating for individual schools and school systems based on student achievement, achievement gap closure, and student progress.

{mosimage}“By signing SB 410, we are now moving towards a multi-tiered system which will hold our schools more accountable and provide true bench marks to track progress,” said Williams.  “The new criteria will provide a clearer and easier way of understanding how a school is performing and will also provide parents with the information and access to choose a quality school best-suited for their child.  I am very thankful to Governor Deal for signing this important bill into law and to all of those who diligently worked on SB 410 throughout the session.”

This bill will replace the current AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) system with a system that provides a more accurate measure of a school’s performance.  The current AYP system provides a “pass” or “fail” grade, which makes it difficult to track progress and incentivize improvements.  Moreover, transparency about performance will incentivize schools and districts to continue to improve.  This will provide new ways to reward schools that continue to make progress.

SB 410 will become effective July 1, 2012.