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Friday, June 29, 2012

Arkansas gets No Child Left Behind waiver

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 8:57 AM

The Arkansas Education Department announced today that the Obama administration had added Arkansas to the list of states given some leeway in meeting requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The changes will allow the state to assess schools not simply on test scores. Education Director Tim Kimbrell said the changes allow the state to reward exemplary schools and direct more help to struggling schools. Significantly, instead of having 100 percent of schools judged proficient based on test scores by 2017, the state goal is to reduce "proficiency gaps" by half by 2017.

Arkansas was one of five states granted a waiver today, growing the list to 24. It's a reaction to realization that the original NCLB goals couldn't be met. How to fine-tune the program has been the source of continuing political wrangling.

The state release follows.

The US Department of Education announced today that Arkansas is one of five more states to be granted flexibility from some long-standing requirements of No Child Left Behind.

Under the ruling, Arkansas will reward some schools for exemplary performance and improvement and distribute targeted resources to help persistently struggling schools. The state’s plan for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) runs parallel with the implementation of college and career ready learning standards and efforts to strengthen educator evaluation.

Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell is grateful for the flexibility Secretary Duncan has given the state to provide stronger tools to improve schools.

“This flexibility allows Arkansas to evaluate schools in terms of performance, growth and graduation rate,” said Kimbrell. “We are not turning our back on accountability. With our new system of accountability, support and intervention, we will focus on specific problems unique to each public school in Arkansas.”

The new accountability system is anchored in college and career readiness for all students. Like previous models, it continues annual public reporting of student outcome measures in math and literacy to assess school performance. However, this more robust system also includes student achievement growth measures and high school graduation rates. The new system holds all schools and districts accountable for improving student performance and creates five performance classifications that determine consequences and guide interventions and supports.

The state’s goal is to ensure all students graduate from high school ready for success in college or a career. This flexibility is one step closer to fulfilling the goal of a better educated workforce.

Arkansas’s application and related documents can be found here.

Click here for key points in Arkansas's flexibility plan.

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