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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.

March 31, 2015

What Changes Are Early-Bird NCLB Waiver-Renewal States Seeking?

The first batch of NCLB waiver states to file renewal applications are generally seeking modest changes, as opposed to big revisions.

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.

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