Archive for Tuesday, October 11, 2011

State plans to apply for waiver of requirements in No Child Left Behind law

October 11, 2011, 11:39 a.m. Updated October 11, 2011, 3:07 p.m.


— The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to apply in February for a waiver of requirements under the No Child Left Behind law.

President Barack Obama opened the door for states to have more flexibility in complying with the law after Congress failed to approve a newer version of the measure.

The U.S. Department of Education said it would drop the requirement that all students must earn a proficient score on tests for reading and math by 2014.

Critics of the law said that was an impossible goal and that the law branded some schools as failures when they were really improving.

Instead, the federal agency said it would grant waivers to the requirement if states either imposed standards to better prepare students for college and careers, reduced the achievement gap between sets of students, extended the deadline to achieve 100 percent efficiency to the 2019-20 school year, or adopted incentives for high-performing schools and plans to help low-performing schools.

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker said it would take several months of work to get the state’s application for a waiver in shape.

Once the application is made, she said the federal education department would let Kansas know by the end of the current school year whether the waiver has been granted.

Education Board members said they would provide more direction on the waiver application at the board’s meeting in November. The board voted 8-1 to give staff the green light to start preparing the application. Board member Walt Chappell, a Republican from Wichita, voted against the plan.

Several board members said they would oppose applying for a waiver under the option of trying to achieve 100 percent proficiency by 2019-20. They said the 100 percent goal was one of the onerous requirements of NCLB and extending that period wouldn’t solve the problem.

“I don’t think extending the time out makes it any more possible,” said Sue Storm, a Democrat from Overland Park. “I think that’s kind of foolish thinking to think that that would work,” she said.

Several board members also criticized federal proposals seeking to link teacher pay to student achievement. Board chairman David Dennis, a Republican from Wichita, said he feared that would result in teachers trying to get better students in their classes at the expense of other teachers.

“I don’t want to end up having teachers shopping for kids,” he said.


sickofdummies 6 years, 8 months ago

AHHH, now the push in Lawrence for SBG which will pass students, deserving or not, is understood. Nice, USD497!

Paul R Getto 6 years, 8 months ago

Note the screen name, Perses. Perhaps it's backwards....

chootspa 6 years, 8 months ago

It also means failing students who move to a new school district need miracles to suddenly achieve adequate scores, since NCLB doesn't track individual student progress.

sickofdummies 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm not saying I'm for NCLB. I am adamently against it. I think it needs to be repealed altogether. I'm saying that this waiver does nothing to solve the problems that NCLB causes to the students. And USD497 trying to adamantly adhere to NCLB at this point is ridiculous.

Scott Morgan 6 years, 8 months ago

There are millions of high school students walking around today with a better, not great, but better education due to NCLB. Thanks Teddy and George!

Now it's time for another hard hitting program like NCLB.

Expand your imagination and think of the all those pathetic school districts in other states. Those awful rural districts in South Carolina for instance giving lip service to a real education. Not all rural districts of course.

They had to change, and they did. Remember NCLB was not aimed at Lawrence or Kansas for that matter. We met and meet our obligations.

No need to insult anybody but at least 10 states recognized districts graduating groups of our fellow Americans who couldn’t read the diploma.

Try for the American Dream with that type of education mi amigo.

sickofdummies 6 years, 8 months ago

NCLB is still allowing students to slip through the cracks. With subjective grading systems, students grades do not reflect true education. Those same students still cannot read the diploma. No offense to 'Teddy and George,' but in theory, NCLB was great, in reality, not so much.

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