SBOE To Hold Special Meeting Tuesday To Discuss NCLB Waiver

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May 9, 2014–BY CLAIRE MCINERNY, StateImpact–

 After the U.S. Department of Education sent state superintendent Glenda Ritz a letter May 1 informing her that conditions have been placed on Indiana’s No Child Left Behind waiver, the State Board of Education will hold a meeting Tuesday to discuss the 60 day deadline to meet the DOE’s requirements for the waiver.

 Center for Education and Career Innovation spokeswoman Lou Ann Baker says the board wants to devote an entire meeting to this issue instead of including it in Wednesday’s regularly schedule meeting.

 The No Child Left Behind waiver has been granted to 37 states, including Indiana, and exempts them from No Child Left Behind requirements–the main one being a 100 percent math and reading proficiency for all students by this year.

 After a review the Department of Education conducted last fall, the state was found to be “not meeting expectations” in monitoring (working with low-performing schools) and transitioning to college and career ready standards and having a high-quality test for those standards.

 At the time of the DOE’s review in August 2013, Indiana had just adopted the Common Core and launched a new statewide monitoring system for failing schools.

In the next 60 days, the Indiana Department of Education must prove to the federal government the new standards passed at the end of April meet their “college and career ready” requirements and that the monitor program is properly intervening with Focus and Priority schools.

 It is not the State Board of Education’s responsibility to implement the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements for the waiver, so the State Board of Education is using the meeting as a way to learn about the State Department of Education’s plan to meet the 60 day deadline.


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