We’ve now finished Year 3 of the No Child Left Behind “Waiver Era.” Nationwide, 83 percent of students—more than 41 million children—attend schools freed from the most burdensome aspects of NCLB. The federal requirements that became familiar in the education world are no longer:
- “Adequate Yearly Progress?” Waived.
- Corrective action” and “restructuring?” Gone and gone.
- “Supplemental Educational Services,” or free tutoring for students in low-performing schools? Gone.
- “Highly Qualified Teachers,” otherwise known as “HQT?” Waiver states no longer enforce it.
It’s unlikely that the nation as a whole will ever revert back to NCLB or the rules built into the 2002 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As Taylor Swift might put it, we are never, ever, ever going back to NCLB. Continue reading