Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Washington Post reports that Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia have joined 37 states and the District of Columbia that have received waivers from the Department of Education from provisions in the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. NCLB requires K-12 schools to reach certain reading and math proficiency levels by 2014.With NCLB's target date approaching, states fearful of failing to meet their proficiency goals are requesting relief from the law's escalating sanctions, ranging from school improvement plans to takeover and conversion to public charter schools. Only five states--California, Montana and Nebraska, North Dakota, and Vermont--are not requesting waivers. Eight states have pending waiver requests. In 2009, Diane Ravitch and John Chubb discussed NCLB's future as "the most ambitious legislation on K–12 schooling in American history" in Education Next. Were they right?