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Statehouse Live: Kansas receives waiver from feds on No Child Left Behind

July 19, 2012

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— Kansas has received a waiver from the federal government from some provisions of No Child Left Behind, officials announced today.

"I'm extremely pleased with the plan that has been advanced with the approval of our state's flexibility request," said State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker.

The decision means that the accountability system for Kansas schools will shift from ensuring a prescribed percentage of students achieve proficiency on state reading and math assessments each year to ensuring schools achieve a prescribed level of improvement on at least one of several Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) established by the state, DeBacker said.

The new system will be in place for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

The waiver also means that Kansas will implement a system that includes student achievement as a factor in teacher evaluations.

Kansas submitted is waiver request in February after President Barack Obama's administration announced that it would grant state waivers from some NCLB provisions provided that the states pursue education reforms.

DeBacker said approval of Kansas' waiver took longer than expected but "we gained a stronger plan through the process."

Comments

Paul R Getto 1 year, 9 months ago

The waiver can be a two-edged sword. The standards will be even higher for academics. The teacher evaluation part is a problem since the tests aren't designed for that purpose. Might lead to better things, however. How about tests for legislators on how well their efforts do to help the economy?

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chootspa 1 year, 9 months ago

Including student achievement as a factor in teacher evaluations is an excellent way to make sure all the best and brightest teachers have a financial incentive to avoid the students who need their help the most. Seems like a system designed to fail. I guess that's a fitting replacement for a system designed to fail.

Queue Dave Trabert with his regularly sponsored Koch message designed to undermine confidence in Kansas schools.

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