The Hawaii Department of Education will seek a waiver to key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, which requires that schools meet rising annual proficiency goals or face increasing sanctions.
“Hawaii is taking another bold step forward to accelerate education reform, raise accountability, and ensure all students graduate college- and career-ready,” Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said in a news release.
The DOE will submit its application Feb. 15, after having discussions with schools, advocates and community members about an accountability system based on student growth.
If approved, the waiver would apply for this school year.
“The flexibility waiver is not a pass on accountability,” said Stephen Schatz, head of the DOE’s Office of Strategic Reform.
He added that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has “made it very clear that he’s looking for states to raise the bar on accountability and not try and decrease expectations.”