Nevada Granted NCLB Waiver

Nevada became the 33rd state Wednesday to receive a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, the U.S. Department of Education announced.
by | August 8, 2012
 

Nevada became the 33rd state Wednesday to receive a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, the U.S. Department of Education announced.

That leaves four states (California, Idaho, Illnois and Iowa) that have waiver applications pending with the department. Five of the 13 states that have not yet applied for a waiver have indicated that they will by the next application deadline, Sept. 6.

The Education Department noted that, with 33 states and the District of Columbia receiving waivers, more than 1 million students are now in jurisdictions that have been relieved from some of the law's requirements.

To receive a waiver, states must commit to various reforms outlined by the White House, such as setting new student achievement goals and developing plans for intervening at struggling schools. In exchange, they are relieved from some of NCLB's more onerous requirements, particularly that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

The waiver program was initiated last fall by the Obama administration, as NCLB reauthorization bills failed to gain traction in Congress. The law has been due for reauthorization since 2007.

Governing is tracking the NCLB waiver process in the map below.

 
 
Application approved
 
Application approval pending
 
Intend to submit application
 
No application submitted

NOTE: Alaska has not submitted an application and Hawaii intends to submit one. Information is current as of July 2012.

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