Mass. Will Seek NCLB Waiver, Saying Rules Mark Schools Unfairly

Friday, September 30, 2011

Massachusetts is joining a growing number of states in seeking a waiver from an unpopular provision of the federal No Child Left Behind Act that has cast hundreds of schools in a harsh light, a top state education official announced yesterday.

Mitchell Chester, commissioner of elementary and secondary education, said the requirement that 100 percent of students be ?proficient?? on state exams by 2014--a key part of the federal act--has lost credibility as an increasing number of schools and districts fail to demonstrate yearly progress in getting more students to perform at that level.

More than 80 percent of the state?s schools and more than 90 percent of districts missed proficiency targets on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams last spring that the state established under the federal law.

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