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Still no word on Florida's NCLB waiver extension request



When Florida first received its waiver from federal No Child Left Behind rules, it agreed to include the test scores of students still learning English when rating school performance.

Activists fought back, saying that inclusion of results from students who clearly still struggled with the language. In the past, those children's outcomes were not used in accountability measures until after they had at least two years' worth of learning in English.

The state's request to renew its NCLB waiver reflected a desire to return to that time frame. State lawmakers even changed the law to reflect the policy of waiting two years before counting those students' proficiency scores.

It's apparently not an easy issue for the feds: While other states have won their renewals, Florida has sat and waited.

"We have applied for an extension through the 2014-15 school year, but we have not received word on whether our request has been approved yet," spokeswoman Claudia Claussen told the Gradebook.

Florida's waiver expired on June 30.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:31am]


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