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March 19, 2012

Education Department Pursues NCLB Waivers for Districts

Top U.S. Department of Education officials are signaling that once states are given a chance to apply for waivers in September during a third round of judging, federal officials plan to open up some sort of flexibility options for districts, too.

March 06, 2012

42 Judges Weighing Second-Round NCLB Waiver Applications

The U.S. Department of Education has doubled its team of peer reviewers as it weighs 27 applications for waivers under No Child Left Behind.

February 29, 2012

Calif. Seeks Its Own Version of an NCLB Waiver

California officials, saying the Obama administration's requirements for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act are unrealistic, nonetheless asks federal officials to provide their own version of flexbility.

February 29, 2012

26 States Plus D.C. Apply for NCLB Waivers in Second Round

Twenty-six more states, plus the District of Columbia, are seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind law. They will be notified by the U.S. Department of Education this spring if their applications pass muster.

February 24, 2012

Advocates Have Long Wish List for House Panel on ESEA Bills

It's official. On Tuesday, the House education committee will consider a pair of bills to remake the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

February 23, 2012

Ed. Dept. to Closely Monitor Subgroups in NCLB Waiver States

The U.S. Department of Education says it will make sure the states that win waivers under No Child Left Behind are providing "transparency" around subgroup performance—especially in states that are using a "super-subgroup."

February 16, 2012

Federal Role in K-12 at Heart of ESEA Hearing

During a hearing today on the House GOP bills to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act, lawmakers examined the role of the federal government in school turnarounds and teacher evaluations.

February 15, 2012

New Mexico Granted NCLB Waiver, Federal Officials Say

The state becomes the 11th to be given flexibility from some provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act in the first-round of waivers granted by the U.S. Department of Education.

February 15, 2012

3rd-Round Waiver Deadline Set, Short-Term NCLB Relief Offered

States that need more time to work on their NCLB waiver proposals can seek a one-year freeze in their annual achievement targets to keep the list of schools not making AYP from growing.

February 15, 2012

NCLB Waiver Cheat Sheet: How to Win in the Second Round

The peer reviewers who judged the first round of No Child Left Behind waiver proposals found significant weaknesses in state plans, especially concerning special education students and English learners.

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