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April 30, 2013

How Will Indiana's Common Core 'Pause' Affect Its NCLB Waiver?

To get its waiver, Indiana attested that it had adopted the Common Core State Standards and is participating in a testing consortium. Both are now in doubt.

April 23, 2013

Putting Emphasis on Teacher Quality

Teacher observations have also become more thorough and meaningful in most states than they used to be.

April 23, 2013

Doubling Down on Testing Is a Failed Wager

Teachers need to proactively defend their profession and resist efforts by alternative certification organizations to minimize their practice.

March 25, 2013

The Precedent for NCLB District Waivers

Will a tepid letter of support from California state officials for the CORE district waiver be enough to win federal approval?

March 06, 2013

NBC News Tackles Race-Based Goals in States' NCLB Waiver Plans

As part of its Education Nation project, NBC News has created an interactive map highlighting states' new academic goals for schools under No Child Left Behind Act waivers.

March 05, 2013

National Standards, Local Control

I believe that local educators should be told what to produce, and then they should be turned loose to do it.

March 04, 2013

NCLB Waiver States Want Reauthorization, Sort Of

Nineteen states are concerned that a new federal accountability law would be disruptive, and cost more, according to a new Center on Education Policy report.

March 01, 2013

Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming Apply for NCLB Waivers

This leaves just three states that are sitting out the No Child Left Behind Act waiver process altogether: Montana, Nebraska, and Vermont.

February 26, 2013

Is It 2007 Yet?

Our achievement goals should be a national decision, not an individual state decision.

February 22, 2013

District NCLB Waivers: Do Risks Outweigh Rewards?

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, the top Republican on the Senate education committee, is not pleased with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's talk about giving district-level waivers.

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