The group of California districts that won a first-of-its-kind waiver from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act has asked the U.S. Department of Education to extend the reprieve beyond the current school year.
The districts are also asking to fully implement their teacher-evaluation systems by 2016-17, a year behind schedule.
If approved, the seven districts known as CORE—for the California Office to Reform Education—would continue to operate under an accountability system that is different from California’s.
The request also calls for delaying other parts of the new accountability system, some of which are connected to California’s decision to drop its state content tests in English/language arts and math this year in favor of common-core-aligned field tests.
A version of this article appeared in the May 14, 2014 edition of Education Week as California Districts Request Extensions for NCLB Waivers