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March 23, 2015

Arne Duncan Urges Leadership From State Chiefs on Common Core, Equity, Testing

The U.S. Secretary of Education told members of the Council of Chief State School Officers that states could take the lead on issues like overtesting and early education.

March 20, 2015

Which States Are Applying for NCLB Waiver Renewal?

Nearly every state with a waiver plans to file a renewal request, we found. But, in Louisiana and Texas, renewal is complicated.

March 19, 2015

Will Other NCLB Waiver States Want to Try Local Tests?

Colorado and Kentucky are eyeing flexibility similar to what New Hampshire got. Meanwhile, Colorado is seeking other big testing changes, including on opt-outs.

March 18, 2015

How Will the Education Department Handle Schools With High Opt-Out Rates?

Colorado wants to add language to its No Child Left Behind Act waiver through the renewal process, ensuring that opt-outs don't count against a school's 95 percent participation threshold.

March 16, 2015

NCLB Waiver Analyst Anne Hyslop Headed to Education Department

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development is getting ready to "waive" hello to a new hire, from Bellwether Education Associates.

March 12, 2015

Wine and Cheese: California, Wisconsin Consider Testing's Place in Accountability

As states roll out new assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards, they're also considering, or reconsidering, how to use them in accountability systems.

March 12, 2015

Could Washington State Get Its NCLB Waiver Back?

The Washington state Senate took a critical step toward regaining the state's waiver from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

March 11, 2015

Senior ED Adviser King on NCLB, Race to Top, and Coming In As Things Wind Down

What are John King's plans and priorities as the Obama administration draws to a close?

March 09, 2015

Nebraska Moves to Seek No Child Left Behind Waiver

Nebraska is poised to apply for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act, after years of not seeking that flexibility.

March 06, 2015

Despite Bumps, Utah, Maine Working Towards NCLB Waiver Renewal

State renewals of NCLB waivers are very much in progress, including in states that have faced some waiver angst lately, such as Utah and Maine.

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