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June 03, 2015

Kansas Tried for Local Tests Under NCLB Waiver, But Pulled Plug For Now

Now that federal officials have given New Hampshire permission to try local assessments, will it be easy for other states to get the same deal? Maybe not, if Kansas' experience is any guide.

June 01, 2015

Education Department Grants One-of-a-Kind NCLB Leeway to Tribal School

The U.S. Department of Education is taking the unusual step of giving a single, tribal school flexibility from mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

May 21, 2015

Five Non-Waiver States Will Get to Pause School Ratings For a Year

You don't need a comprehensive No Child Left Behind waiver to get a reprieve from some of the law's accountability requirements.

May 21, 2015

California Can Hit Accountability Snooze Button

But the state did not get its wishes granted on accountability and assessments for students in special education and English Language Learners.

May 12, 2015

A First: New Mexico Nabs Waiver from 'Highly Qualified' Teacher Requirements

The move marks the first time the department has ever granted a state waiver from the HQT provisions. It also opens the door to a multitude of questions about states' teacher-distribution plans, which are due next month.

April 27, 2015

California Mulls NCLB Tutoring Waiver

If California were to get permission to do its own tutoring, it would essentially shed yet another irksome aspect of the law, without having to jump through the Obama administration's waiver hoops.

April 27, 2015

When Should a State Consider a School Officially "Turned Around"?

Under NCLB waivers, states have to identify 5 percent of their lowest performing schools for major interventions. But that hasn't always gone super smoothly.

April 15, 2015

Montana's Assessment Snafus Could 'Test' NCLB Law

Montana has just decided to make testing under the Smarter Balanced assessment optional, after some serious technical glitches.

April 02, 2015

Everyone Wants an NCLB Waiver Renewal

It's official! Every single state that currently has a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act has filed for a renewal, or is about to.

March 31, 2015

Arne Duncan Gives Five States 'Early Bird' Renewal of NCLB Waivers

Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Virginia will get to keep their waivers for another four years, through 2018-19, or beyond the end of the Obama administration.

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