NY gets waiver from No Child Left Behind law

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a call with reporters Tuesday that New York was one of eight states whose waiver applications were approved.

The federal government has granted New York’s request for a waiver from some requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Law.

State education officials say the waiver will give New York more flexibility in evaluating schools and let the state direct extra help to low-performing schools in designated “focus districts.”

Education Commissioner John King says in order to qualify for the waiver, the state had to adopt new college and career-readiness standards and a teacher evaluation system that relied in part on student improvement.


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