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Wisconsin seeks 'No Child Left Behind' waiver


UNDATED (WSAU) State education officials will take public comments for two weeks on their request for a waiver from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

State Superintendent Tony Evers said yesterday that the request will be submitted to Washington by February 21st. It includes proposals drawn up by a task force on school accountability, plus what Evers called a “robust education investment agenda” over the past two-and-a-half years which has focused on student achievement.

The Obama White House has given states the opportunity to be more flexible with parts of the No Child Left Behind Act adopted during the George W. Bush years. The state’s application calls for new state assessments to replace its current annual achievement test, raising the levels in which students are considered proficient in subject areas. The package also includes a statewide administration of the A-C-T college entrance exam and related tests – new accountability standards for student growth – new procedures for schools to be held accountable for their progress – a statewide system to evaluate teachers and principals – and a more efficient system for reporting school progress.