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March 14, 2014

Wash. State, Hobbled by Evaluation Woes, Otherwise Excels Under NCLB Waiver

Even as most other states struggle with the lowest-performing "priority" and "focus" schools, Washington is one of the few that's meeting expectations in those areas.

March 11, 2014

The Curious Rejection of One S.C. District's Testing-Waiver Request

Does the U.S. Department of Education's rejection of a South Carolina district's testing-waiver request put up a roadblock for testing companies trying to break into the common-core market?

March 07, 2014

California Wins Prized NCLB Testing Waiver

The nation's largest state has won approval to ditch its state tests in favor of new field tests aligned to the common core, which won't produce any data for student accountability for at least a year, sources say.

February 28, 2014

Like Most Other NCLB Waiver States, N.J. Struggles With Low-Performing Schools

A recurring theme of the U.S. Department of Education's monitoring reports is the struggle for states to implement the required improvements in its priority and focus schools.

February 27, 2014

Can Washington State Pass a Teacher-Evaluation Law That Gets Federal OK?

Leaders in Washington state have floated a bare-bones outline of a first-of-its-kind waiver that may or may not fly with the U.S. Department of Education.

February 25, 2014

Do You Struggle to Keep Track of the NCLB Waiver Landscape? We Do Too.

Maryland's latest No Child Left Behind waiver request illustrates how difficult it is to monitor and understand the national accountability landscape.

February 21, 2014

New NCLB Waiver Reports Show More Issues With Struggling Schools, New Tests

Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota are the latest to get their grades from the U.S. Department of Education on their No Child Left Behind waiver implementation.

February 21, 2014

The Significance of Idaho's New Double-Testing Waiver

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing Idaho to give only common-core-aligned field tests to students this spring, which means no achievement data will be produced for parents, educators, and the public.

February 20, 2014

Ed. Dept. Rejects, For Now, Utah and Arkansas Teacher-Evaluation Waivers

Both states asked for too much leeway in implementing their teacher-evaluation systems, so federal officials want to take a closer look.

February 14, 2014

N.C. Becomes First Race to Top State to Win Teacher-Evaluation Delay

The U.S. Department of Education grants North Carolina a waiver allowing a one-year delay in tying teacher evaluations to personnel decisions, and it gives seven states waivers so they don't have to double-test students.

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