NCLB waiver docs to be released by Friday

The U.S. Education Department’s critique of the District’s application for relief from No Child Left Behind, which officials have been inexplicably sitting on, will be available to the public by the end of this week, promises State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley.

Mahaley said she is waiting to release the critique so that the District’s response can be made public at the same time. “We think that’s a much more productive way of doing it,” she said.

The education department has been offering waivers from portions of NCLB (such as 100 percent reading and writing proficiency by 2014) for states that come up with their own rigorous accountability plans. One of the department's issues with the D.C. application involves how Mahaley’s agency will make sure that charter schools use teacher evaluation systems with multiple measures, including student test scores. Some charters, many of which operate as their own separate school districts under the law, have been pushing back at the prospect of revamping teacher assessments.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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