Augusta County is applauding the recent news that No Child Left Behind is a thing of the past for Virginia schools.
The commonwealth was recently granted a waiver from the federal government. It frees Virginia from the standards of No Child Left Behind.
There will no longer be just one set of standards that all kids must meet, but gap groups that address children who are disadvantaged in some way.
Augusta County Schools Superintendent Chuck Bishop says it's long overdue. "Over the years it has become more punitive, and casts a negative light in a lot of ways on public schools. And there are lots of good things that happen every day, not only in Augusta County, but throughout the valley and throughout the commonwealth."
Another change under the waiver affects teacher evaluations. Forty percent of their evaluation will be based on student growth.