The U.S. Department of Education has approved the State of Alaska’s waiver request for one of the requirements created by the No Child Left Behind Act.
The decision allows the state to freeze its student proficiency targets for one year if state officials commit to applying for a larger package of waivers by September 6th.
The offer must be formally accepted by the state Board of Education at its July 24th meeting in Anchorage.
The single waiver would still require the state’s schools to meet federal Adequate Yearly Progress standards under No Child Left Behind. But the scores would be based on targets set for the 2010-2011 school year. The department anticipates the waiver will allow more schools to meet the law’s requirements than if they were to face the new levels.
The Board of Education last month (June) approved new standards for accountability that will be submitted to the federal government in September with the hope of obtaining more waivers from federal rules.
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