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June 30, 2015

What Should the Next Version of Accountability Look Like?

Under one vision, states and the federal government would set goals for student achievement, but the states would be able to use any strategies they wanted to get there.

June 18, 2015

More States Seek Flexibility in Accountability for ELLs

Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.

June 18, 2015

Waiver States Seek Leeway for English-Learners' Impact on School Ratings

Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.

June 08, 2015

Some NCLB Waiver States Worry Accountability 'Pause' Comes With Strings

The flexibility under the NCLB law comes with an asterisk: States will still need to set student achievement targets, known as "AMOs," for the 2014-15 school year.

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.

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