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Regents Approve Standards, Opening Door for Okla. Waiver

By Alyson Klein — October 21, 2014 1 min read

Oklahoma’s institutions of higher education last week ruled that the state’s K-12 academic standards are rigorous enough to get students ready for college and the workforce, an action that raises the possibility that the state can regain its waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act.

Oklahoma lost its federal flexibility in August because it ditched the Common Core State Standards, and the regents for higher education had not signed off on the state’s old standards.

States can choose to use their own standards or develop new ones, as long as their postsecondary institutions say the expectations are high enough that students will graduate from high school ready for college or a career.

A version of this article appeared in the October 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as Regents Approve Standards, Opening Door for Okla. Waiver

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