Florida considering two more No Child Left Behind waiver requests
Having received an initial waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements, Florida state education officials are now contemplating whether to pursue two additional waivers.
The first would allow the state to end the use of "adequate yearly progress" to judge school effectiveness.
The second would permit school districts to use Title I funds on eligible high schools where the graduation rate is below 60 percent, even if they have a lower poverty rate than other Title I high schools.
"I believe that the waiver from the requirement to determing AYP is essential to moving to one accountability system for state and federal purposes," Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson said in a recent letter to superintendents. "This was a major focus of Florida's original ESEA flexibility request and is critically important to our efforts to make school accountability more understandable and directly linked to our systems of supports and interventions for struggling schools."
He also signaled backing for the second waiver option.
The FLDOE is seeking public input on the these possible waiver applications. You can send your comments, concerns and insights to ARM@fldoe.org.