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April 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Round-up: State officials ‘fully expect’ to lose federal waiver, N.Y. tests include product names

Officials ‘fully expect’ to lose No Child Left Behind waiver: The Washington OSPI is now discussing “when,” not “if” the U.S. Department of Education will revoke the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver. Without the waiver, districts would lose control of about $40 million in federal Title 1 funding. A decision is expected by the end of the month.

State needs to do more to help high-school counselors (editorial): The Seattle Times editorial board is calling for more guidance counselors who can help Washington students navigate the complex college-application process. The editorial follows a April 13 Education Lab story about how nonprofit programs are stepping up to help low-income students pursue higher education.

Use of brand names in N.Y. tests causes complaints (AP): Students in grades 3 to 8 who took New York’s Common Core standardized tests this month encountered questions containing a variety of brand names, including Nike, Mug Root Beer and Lifesavers. State officials deny receiving compensation for mentioning the brands.

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