Monday, October 10, 2011

Obama Admin Waives some provisions of NCLB

President Obama Waives Key NCLB Provisions

At a White House event in which he declared that because "Congress hasn't been able to do it. So I will," President Obama announced the long-awaited details of his administration's plan to waive certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in exchange for specific reform commitments from states. There are 10 NCLB provisions(DOC) U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will consider waiving, among them the 2013–14 100 percent proficiency deadline, the sanctions for low-performing schools, the 20 percent set-aside for school choice and tutoring, and highly qualified teacher improvement plans.
As expected, states must submit an application for the waivers (note: they must request all 10 whether they will use them all or not) outlining how they will
  • establish higher standards,
  • differentiate accountability (by implementing student growth models and prioritizing the lowest-performing schools for improvement),
  • promote teacher effectiveness, and
  • reduce paperwork burdens.
States must notify the Department of Education by October 12 whether they plan to apply for the waivers and when. Waiver applications will be accepted beginning onNovember 14 for consideration in December and in mid-February 2012 for consideration that spring. Applications will be judged by an independent peer review panel. Approved waivers will be in effect for two and a half years to give Congress time to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in the meantime.

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