In the Wake of NCLB, Worst N.J. Schools Receive Stern Message

Friday, April 13, 2012

The state Department of Education put New Jersey’s most troubled schools on notice Wednesday, ordering administrators and educators to cooperate with state intervention and improve student performance or face serious consequences.

Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf delivered the stern message as the state reached the next phase in its rollout of a new school accountability system that replaces some elements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

New Jersey is one of 10 states granted a waiver by the federal government to deviate from the law, which many education officials consider too inflexible and imprecise in gauging school achievement.

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