Approved: Eight More States Get NCLB Waivers

Secretary Duncan announces new waivers in Connecticut.

Secretary Duncan announces new waivers in Connecticut.

Joined by state and local leaders, educators and students, Secretary Duncan announced earlier today at Connecticut’s historic capitol, that the Obama Administration approved eight additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The eight states (Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island), brings the total number of states to receive waivers to 19, with an additional 18 applications still under review.

States who receive flexibility under NCLB agree to develop state-level plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and leadership.



  1. It will take a different School System.
    Provide Teachers an Environment where they can teach with NO Interference from School Boards, Superintendents, Legislatures, and, with lots of participation with Parents, Business, and other Educational Facilities.

    That is how to prepare a child for Effective Citizenship.

    A Place for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

  2. Without strong audit measures in place and punitive sanctions for those states that fail to deliver what they promised, the reforms are unlikely to come to fruition. What’s to stop a state from agreeing to reforms and then not following through? Collaborative approaches don’t seem to be terribly successful except to the extent they require a lot of workers and justify their prolonged existence.

    One of the great positives of NCLB is that districts have been required to report data for subgroups so everyone better understands the achievement level of these groups of children.

    What I have seen from NCLB is that districts will do what is required and not go the extra mile to help the better performing students achieve their potential. There was nothing in the NCLB law that prevented districts from pushing their higher performing students.

    • no. it means states can go back to teaching the three r’s and get the fed out of our schools.

    • No it means they don’t pass the kids who don’t make tje grades. Most school districs don’t help those kids UNTIL they are behind a year. For new students who have disibilities undiagnosed and their parents are lousy, the teachers can’t help them. Its doing more harm than good.

    • The other two replies are correct. People like you that make these kinds of statements have no idea what this piece legislation has done to cripple our education system and the people who pour their hearts into these kids (teachers). Their job is already thankless enough without people like you adding to it.

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