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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 15, 2015

Montana Lets Schools Cancel Smarter Balanced Testing After Technical Woes

Montana Superintendent Denise Juneau said it would be "in the best interest of our students" to let districts cancel Smarter Balanced testing if necessary.

April 14, 2015

Last Days for Illinois K-12 Chief Koch? Governor Seeks 'Transformational' Leader

Gov. Bruce Rauner said that while he likes Christopher Koch, the state needs a new K-12 leader, and the state school board could be ready to pick one.

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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