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Kansas not among latest NCLB waiver recipients

June 29, 2012

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— Kansas isn't among the latest five states granted relief from a No Child Left Behind requirement that all students test proficient in math and science by 2014.

Federal officials said Friday that they are continuing to review Kansas' application and those of 12 other states.

Kansas education department administrator Judi Miller told the state Board of Education earlier this month that federal officials have approved parts of the state's application.

One sticking point has been a plan to allow Kansas schools the option of showing progress through an index that awards points for pushing students to a higher level on a five-part scale. Federal officials fear it could mask problems.

The waivers are considered a stopgap measure until Congress acts to update the decade-old law.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 3 months ago

NCLB is such a hassle; it needs to be gotten rid of completely.

Certainly many of America's best citizens past and present were, and are, weak in math and science skills. So tell me: where's the sense in suddenly punishing a public school (by federal funding denial) just because that school experiences a year of "NCLB statistical failure"?

Common sense tells us that annually varying school test scores are caused by elementary school teachers receiving an incoming population of new students each year. Included among these children, haven't there always been many who, after graduation, go on to enjoy success in professional fields other than math and science?

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kuguardgrl13 2 years, 3 months ago

NCLB really is a pain. Having been a student and an education major, I know that the tests are annoying for students and the teachers lose out on the opportunity to teach topics that are more interesting and even sometimes more useful in life. The intense focus on reading, writing, and math, while good for those subjects, has taken away from others and forced teachers of other subject areas to work on reading and writing when they would otherwise be teaching content (at least, that was my experience in junior high and high school. Elementary is a little different). Yes, we need our students to show progress every year, but the standardized testing and punishing schools that don't meet sometimes unreachable standards is a bad way to go about it. There are some schools that have been known to fudge their test scores which breeds dishonesty and fraud, even if it means they have another year's funding. With yearly budget cuts and lowered state taxes, we need to support our schools, not punish them. I'm sad for Kansas students that we didn't get approved, but we need teachers and administrators to work with the state to come up with a system that works best for our kids. They count on us to give them the education they need to get through life.

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