Ed. Dept., Arizona Clash Over Waiver
Accountability plan has renewal in limbo
Arizona may be the next state in trouble over its No Child Left Behind Act waiver after it submitted a final draft of its accountability system that does not meet federal demands on high school graduation rates or teacher evaluations.
When Arizona won a one-year NCLB waiver in mid-2012, the federal approval came with two stipulations : The state had to increase the weight of graduation rates in its high school rating system, and it had to use student growth on state tests as required by federal rules as part of its teacher-evaluation system.
Arizona’s waiver was set to expire at the end of the last school year unless the state met those federal conditions and the flexibility was renewed. That renewal...
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