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Delaware's No Child Left Behind waiver approved with strings attached

Delaware Public Media

The First State has received another waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.


The state Department of Education was notified by federal officials Thursday that Delaware has a waiver through the 2015-2016 school year - and could have it extended through 2017-2018 if it meets certain conditions.


One involves using student test scores as part of grading teachers and principals.  The state must clarify how it plans to include that data in the evaluation process to the federal DOE no later than August 22nd next year and use student assessments as part of the grading progress by 2016-2017.

Delaware is also being asked by the end of October to give the U.S. Dept of Education more information on implementation on its new school evaluation system - the Delaware School Success Framework.  That includes ensuring the system does not give its highest ranking to a school with significant achievement and graduation rate gaps that aren’t being addressed.

Congress is currently debating competing versions of No Child Left Behind reauthorization legislation.  President Obama has indicated he does not support the House version, which passed Thursday, or the Senate version.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.