Recently, the Federal Government granted waivers to eight states to not be part of the No Child Left Behind Act. This Act, which was signed into law in 2001, is designed to get rid of the achievement gap that exists between groups of students within the schools across the country. Earlier this year, a total of 19 states have been granted waivers to participate in the program.
Washington Superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen says that while Iowa was not awarded a waiver in the latest round, he says they are still being considered. He says with the new standardized testing given this year, he is unclear if the state were to remain on the list.
Dr. Jorgensen says if Iowa does receive the waiver, the state will have their own assessment base where schools will be reporting on the new criteria. He notes Iowa’s system will be based off test scores plus the annual growth of the students.
Dr. Jorgensen says to contact the school district office to find out more about how they are working with the No Child Left Behind Act requirements.