The U.S. Department of Education continues to quietly approve—and negotiate over—states’ teacher-evaluation systems as part of its No Child Left Behind Act waiver process.
Now, 19 states that have received waivers have had their teacher-evaluation systems approved by the Education Department, according to federal officials. This includes states that had their systems approved as part of their initial waiver application, and those for which the systems weren’t ready yet and had to go through a second peer-review and approval process.
That means about half of the states still are working on full approval, which is needed if they want to remain in good standing with the feds and eligible for a renewal when their original waiver expires after two years. (The earliest-approved states will need to start thinking about waiver renewal soon, as their flexibility will expire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.) For the latest state-by-state breakdown on the status of states’ waivers and teacher-evaluation systems, check out our interactive map here or see the one below: