Missouri Granted No Child Left Behind Waiver
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri educators are reacting Friday after the state was granted a waiver from the "No Child Left Behind" law. The Bush-era law requires all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.
Sarah Potter is the communications coordinator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She says the waiver allows Missouri to use its own accountability system to more effectively identify struggling schools, to efficiently direct resources to struggling schools and to recognize schools achieving exemplary results.
"We're gonna be able to more efficiently identify the schools that are struggling," she said. "We're also going to be able to identify the schools that really have gone above and beyond and deserve some praise."
Arkansas, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia join Missouri in being granted relief from key requirements of the law.
Missouri's flexibility waiver goes into effect immediately for the 2012-2013 school year.
Missouri joins 23 other states granted waivers. The list includes Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennesse, Utah, and Virginia.