ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The Obama Administration has granted Georgia  a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that Georgia is one of 10 states to get relief from the law put into place by his predecessor, President George W. Bush. U.S. Education Department officials said Georgia’s waiver was granted conditionally, meaning it still needs to be tweaked.

The state’s plan includes rating schools with a five-star system — rather than as passing or failing — to indicate whether a school is making gains. The state also will use more subjects than just math and reading and more than one standardized test to calculate which schools pass muster.

The changes take effect this year.


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