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Mass files NCLB waiver request

November 15, 2011

Massachusetts has submitted a proposal to give schools more flexibility on the strictest provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The state’s 85-page plan asks for more latitude on academic goals. According to the Boston Globe, it would cut the number of students failing to reach their targets by half in 2017.

Since 2002, the No Child Left Behind law has set performance targets for public schools on standardized testing, with a goal of getting 100% of students to proficiency by 2014. Many districts around the country fear they will not meet that goal. Rhode Island state officials have said they will also apply for a waiver.

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