'No Child' Left Behind? Ohio Seeks Waiver From Law

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ohio schools wouldn’t be judged by whether all students pass state tests if federal officials grant the state’s request for freedom from the No Child Left Behind Act.

Instead of inching toward the requirement that 100 percent of students be “proficient” on standardized math and reading exams by 2014, Ohio would require schools to show improvement among all students, regardless of race, family wealth or other factors.

Students still would need to take and pass tests and graduate on time. But Ohio’s system of holding schools accountable would change dramatically.

The plan is outlined in a waiver request that the state Department of Education will submit by Feb. 28 to President Barack Obama’s administration.

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