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Feds Deny Texas NCLB Waiver on Testing for Younger Students

The federal government has denied the state's request to waive No Child Left Behind testing requirements for students in elementary and middle school, the Texas Education Agency announced Monday.
September 10, 2013

The federal government has denied the state's request to waive No Child Left Behind testing requirements for students in elementary and middle school, the Texas Education Agency announced Monday.

If the waiver had been granted, students who excel on state reading and math exams in the third and fifth grades would have been allowed to skip exams in those subjects in the fourth, sixth and seventh grades because of a state law passed this year, House Bill 866, by state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble. All students would be tested on math in the third and fifth grades; on reading in the third, fifth and eighth grades.

In a Sept. 6 letter, Assistant Secretary of Education Deborah Delisle told TEA commissioner Michael Williams that the federal education department would not exercise its authory to waive No Child Left Behind provisions that require Texas and other states to test public school students in grades three through eight annually in reading and math and at least once in science in elementary and middle school. 

She wrote that annual assessment was "critical to holding schools and LEAs [local education agencies] accountable for improving the achievement of all students."

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