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Mass gets NCLB waiver

February 9, 2012

Massachusetts is one of 10 states receiving a waiver from federal education targets laid out in the No Child Left Behind Act. Education officials made the announcement today. Education Week reports that New Mexico is the only state that applied for a waiver but has yet to get one.

So what about Rhode Island? Well, The Ocean State has announced plans to apply for a waiver. It’s one of many states struggling to meet annual federal testing targets that call for 100% of students to reach “proficiency” on standardized state tests by 2014. 

To qualify for a waiver, states have to create their own performance targets for public schools that are “ambitious but achievable.” They also have to adopt statewide standards like the Common Core and  tougher teacher and principal evaluations, two measures already underway in Rhode Island.

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