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Oregon's No Child Left Behind Waiver

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Oregon joins 31 other states in being granted a waiver from participating in the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law for the 2012-2013 school year. This means the state will spend the next year revising how it grades and works to improve poor-performing schools instead of simply adhering to No Child Left Behind’s stringent federal requirements. 

Ben Cannon, Education Advisor to Governor Kitzhaber, told us:

NCLB to its credit, drew attention to achievement gaps in Oregon schools and schools nationwide, but it had a very arbitrary, one-size-fits-all approach to improvement. With this waiver application, we’ve proposed a homegrown system of school accountability that continues to shed light on achievement gaps, but addresses those problems in much more tailored ways. 

The waiver will remain conditional until Oregon comes up with a new statewide system for rating schools and evaluating teachers and principals. “We want additional time to reflect on what’s happening before we make a specific commitment,” Cannon explained. 

How has the No Child Left Behind Law affected your school? What will it mean to you to see it go? What would you like to see implemented instead? 


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