Washington, Wisconsin Win "No Child Left Behind" Waivers

UPDATED Friday, July 6, 2012 --- 9:00 a.m.

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Obama administration has exempted two more states -- Washington and Wisconsin -- from many requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" education law.

Now more than half of the states have received waivers, raising questions about the future of No Child Left Behind. Obama started granting the waivers this year to states that promise states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.

It's part of an ongoing effort by Obama to act on his own when Congress is rebuffing him.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says "our kids can't wait any longer for Congress to act."

The 10-year-old federal No Child Left Behind law requires all students to achieve proficient math and reading scores by 2014, a goal that many educators say is impossible.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Friday, July 6, 2012 --- 6:45 a.m.

SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Education plans to announce that two more states have won their bid to be relieved of some requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Law.

The announcement is expected Friday.

Washington and Wisconsin are joining 24 other states that have earned waivers from the federal education law. Washington state education officials confirmed their state's waiver. The Wisconsin waiver was reported by The New York Times.

The waivers are considered a temporary measure while Education Secretary Arne Duncan continues to work with Congress to rewrite the law.

Washington state schools chief Randy Dorn says the waiver will lift the requirement that all students pass both the state reading and math tests by 2014.

In return, Washington will need to show improvement in test scores for subgroups of students who have historically had lower scores than average.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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