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Florida releases its No Child Left Behind waiver request



With the submission deadline fast approaching, the Florida Department of Education has released a draft of its waiver proposal for the No Child Left Behind Act.

The department indicates that it will seek flexibility in all 10 available areas, including the setting of standards for adequate yearly progress and focusing reform efforts on any school in need regardless of Title I status.

"Florida’s flexibility request is designed to eliminate the duplication and confusion caused by having two separate accountability systems," the application states. "Through this application, Florida proposes to move to one accountability system that will be clearly understood by the people of Florida with the primary goal of increasing standards to achieve national and international competitiveness."

Many people have questioned the dual systems in which a Florida school that receives an A grade from the state for its academic performance can also face sanctions for failing to meet federal progress standards. Florida's system considers growth over time, while the federal model is a pass-fail program.

Department leaders suggest in the application that the waivers could permit Florida to make greater strides in improving education:

"Florida is a leader on educational reform and has been working for more than a decade to develop a strong foundation of a system of accountability that builds on state-led efforts.  These waivers provide us with the flexibility to further establish rigorous, high-quality accountability systems that truly support schools and LEAs."

They have asked for feedback on the FLDOE Facebook page. What do you think about the proposal? Should Florida seek this waiver? Should the USDOE even offer it? Or are you still waiting for Congress to revise No Child?

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:56pm]


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