As we reported earlier today on the Today File blog, the U.S. Department of Education has denied Washington state’s request to reinstate one piece of the state’s former No Child Left Behind waiver.
As a result, most schools in the state will be required to send letters to parents before school starts this fall, telling them their schools are falling short of the federal test-score requirements. By 2014, the No Child law had required a 100 percent passage rates on state tests in reading and math in grades 3-8 and 10.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn had asked that schools be spared the need to send those letters, but the U.S. Department of Education said no.
Washington once had a waiver from that requirement and many other parts of No Child Left Behind but lost it earlier this year because state legislators failed to pass a bill that would require districts to use student test scores as one of a number of measures in evaluating teachers. That’s one of the policies the department required states to enact if they wanted waivers.
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