Ind., Ky. To Be Given Waivers For NCLB
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana and Kentucky will be given waivers to the federal education standards law known as No Child Left Behind, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
A White House official spoke anonymously to the AP saying that President Barack Obama will soon announce the release of 10 states from the requirements.
Enacted by former president George W. Bush, NCLB requires all students to be proficient in reading and math by 2014. Obama’s waivers will free the states of meeting that deadline.
Critics of NCLB said the deadline would be impossible to meet. Nearly half of the country’s schools failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2011, the Center on Education Policy says.
States which sought the waivers had to show a viable alternative plan.
According to the Associated Press, as part of the deal the states must show they will prepare children for college and careers, set new targets for improving achievement among all students, reward the best performing schools and focus help on the ones doing the worst.
Students in states granted the waiver will still take annual tests, such as the ISTEP in Indiana or the KCCT exam in Kentucky.