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February 27, 2015

House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite

It's possible that leaders will find the votes to pass the bill next week—but if they don't the bid to update the NCLB law this year could be in serious trouble.

February 10, 2015

New Effort Afoot in Washington State to Win Back NCLB Waiver

Evergreen State policymakers are making a fresh push to regain the state's flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, even as Congress mulls an NCLB overhaul.

January 26, 2015

How Much Political Juice Does the Ed. Dept. Have in NCLB Waiver Renewals?

The administration is entering into the waiver-renewal process with a severely weakened hand when it comes to holding states' feet to the fire on teacher evaluation.

January 23, 2015

Ed. Dept. and Texas Tussle Over Teacher Evaluation

The feds told Texas that its teacher evaluation system isn't coming close to cutting the mustard when it comes to what's expected for states with NCLB waivers.

January 22, 2015

Which States Are Going for Early Bird NCLB-Waiver Renewal?

The U.S. Department of Education has offered seven states an early deadline and a very special, expedited review process for renewing their No Child Left Behind waivers, but not everyone is taking it up on the offer.

January 14, 2015

Arne Duncan Asked Failing Schools to Add Instructional Time; Did It Help?

Adding extra time to the day or year is a lot easier said than done, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center on Education Policy

January 12, 2015

Arne Duncan Not Sorry He Pulled Sen. Murray's State's NCLB Waiver

Murray, who is known as an effective dealmaker, has a great incentive to compromise with Republicans: Her home state of Washington is the only ex-waiver state in the country.

January 09, 2015

State Chiefs to Congress: Keep Annual Tests in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

The Council of Chief State School Officers urges Congress to pass a bipartisan revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that would keep the NCLB testing schedule intact.

December 23, 2014

What You Can Learn, or Not, From the Ed. Dept.'s NCLB Waiver Data

The U.S. Department of Education is putting together data profiles of state NCLB waivers, but there isn't much information on the impact of the flexibility on student achievement.

December 22, 2014

Education Department Grants Florida Waiver on English-Learner Testing

Federal officials granted the state's request to give its English-language learners two years in a U.S. school before counting their test scores in school grades.

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