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Miss. Moves NCLB Waiver Forward Request

By Annie Gilbertson | Published 20 Oct 2011 05:27pm | comments
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The Mississippi Board of Education will decide today whether or not the state will apply for a waiver to the No Child Left Behind  law.  MPB's Education Reporter, Annie Gilbertson, reports.

No Child Left Behind is criticized for labeling many good schools as failing and placing too great an emphasis on test scores.  States can now apply for waivers provided  they offer an acceptable alternative for improving student performance.  Dr. Lynn House, Deputy State Superintendent, says Mississippi would accomplish this by collecting more comprehensive data on how students improve over the course of a school year.

 House: “So it will give parents more information about their children.  It will give teachers more information about their students.  So, it will be an improvement on our current growth model.”

 The board believes switching to this growth model could close the achievement gap by placing the emphasis on individual student improvement, rather than focusing on the schools.   Today’s vote is expected to finalize the board's backing of a waiver, but members requested that all stakeholders be given the opportunity for input before final submission in February.

From the Southern Education Desk, for MPB News, I'm Annie Gilbertson.


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