No Child Left Behind Waiver for CA Districts Includes ‘Unique’ Oversight Panel*
In granting eight CA school districts a No Child Left Behind waiver, the federal government is creating for the first time an oversight body to measure schools’ progress. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the panel “unique” among the waivers granted to 39 states and the District of Columbia. “We went back and forth about how...
By Brianna Sacks | August 6, 2013
Duncan Signals Support for LAUSD Waiver Proposal
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan seems to be trying to turn over a new leaf with California Gov. Jerry Brown after years of tense disagreements, notes EdSource Today after Duncan praised Brown’s new funding formula at an event Friday night in San Francisco. Even more immediately important for LAUSD, Duncan sounded sympathetic to the newly resubmitted...
By Brianna Sacks | June 25, 2013
NewsFlash: “Double-Testing” Might Be Avoided Next Year
Education Secretary Arne Duncan earlier this week announced that the federal US Department of Education would allow California and other states some additional time and flexibility during the implementation of the rigorous new Common Core standards and assessments, according to today’s EdSource. If California takes advantage of the offered flexibility, teachers and schools will get relief from...
By Brianna Sacks | June 21, 2013
LAUSD Proposal Includes Truancy in School Ratings
Truancy would be a key factor in the new school rating system that’s being proposed by a consortium of California districts including LAUSD, according to a new EdSource Today article. Chronic absenteeism would be one of the criteria of the group’s proposed new “School Quality Improvement Index,” which is part of a so-called waiver of the...
By Brianna Sacks | June 13, 2013
LAUSD Will Resubmit Federal Waiver Application – But Not State*
Three more states — Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia — have been awarded so-called “waivers” from some of the key provisions of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But there’s still no news on the fate of LAUSD’s application, or whether the state will try and get a statewide waiver. *UPDATE:...
By Alexander Russo | May 20, 2013
Feds Want More Details from Waiver Application
As Education Week reported last Friday, the nine California school districts collectively known as CORE (California Office to Reform Education) are busy revising their application for a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver. The initial draft of the waiver application sent in by LAUSD and other districts was given to an anonymous peer review group established by the Federal government....
By Hillel Aron | May 9, 2013