Kansas Not Among Latest NCLB Waiver Recipients

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Kansas isn't among the latest five states granted relief from a No Child Left Behind requirement that all students test proficient in math and science by 2014.

But the head of the Kansas Department of Education says she expects that the announcement is coming soon.

State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said Friday that the last issue being discussed was the state's plan for changing how it evaluates teachers and principals.

After Congress failed to change the law, President Barack Obama told states last fall they could seek a waiver around the unpopular proficiency requirements in exchange for actions his administration favors. Revamping evaluations is among the priorities.

DeBacker says federal officials like that the state is piloting a new evaluation system. She says prospects for obtaining a waiver are "looking good."


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