Thursday, October 3, 2013
On Monday, Texas became the 42nd state that the Department of Education has granted a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind Act. Texas’ NCLB waiver is noteworthy because the state was a holdout—perhaps reluctant to capitulate on the law that was based on the state’s educational reforms—and championed by former president George W. Bush. Without a waiver, Texas faced financial penalties if it failed to meet NCLB’s benchmarks for students to show proficiency in reading and math by 2014. Only California, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Vermont have not requested NCLB waivers for 2014. California has told the ED that it plans to focus on implementing Common Core; eight districts in California got a separate waiver earlier this year. Illinois, Iowa, and Wyoming have waiver requests pending.