wins partial waiver of No Child Left Behind
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.
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.
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.
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
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.