Oklahoma once again waived from No Child Left Behind
- Oklahoma is once again waived from the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act.
- The state expected federal education officials to announce the waiver, which is said to last the rest of the current school year, on Monday.
- The waiver was stripped due to Oklahoma abandoning the Common Core.
The decision to reissue a waiver to Oklahoma is largely due to its Common Core replacement standards being certified as meeting "college and career readiness" requirements by the U.S. Department of Education. Waivers from aspects of the Bush-era law's requirements, such as schools meeting up to increasingly difficult adequate yearly progress guidelines, have largely been awarded to states based on their adoption of things like Common Core State Standards and test-based teacher evaluation systems. (The same type of eligibility requirements have also been connected to Race To The Top funding.)
Indiana found itself in a similar situation when it dropped Common Core, as well.
Still, with as many states as there have been dropping Common Core and developing their own standards, one also has to wonder if getting some states to take initiative in adopting more stringent standards was part of the plan all along.
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