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Pa. wins partial waiver of No Child Left Behind

August 21,2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal officials have granted Pennsylvania a partial waiver of the school improvement law known as No Child Left Behind, allowing the state to develop its own measurement.
State Education Secretary William Harner said Tuesday that the waiver will give Pennsylvanians more access to information about individual schools' performance and give students high-quality education programs.
Pennsylvania is the 41st state to be granted a waiver from the federal program, which set a goal of all students achieving proficiency in reading and math by 2014.
The state Education Department says new, user-friendly School Performance Profiles will measure academic progress at individual school buildings starting this fall.  Also, a new educator evaluation system will measure use student achievement in assessing the performance of teachers starting this year and principals in 2014-15.
The federal government has approved Pennsylvania's request to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind's requirements in exchange for a plan to improve the schools on the state's own terms. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the waivers are required because Congress has not finished a rewrite of the education law, which expired in 2007. Some of its goals proved too ambitious.
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