No Child Left Behind waivers: five ways education will change

President Obama announced the first 10 states to receive waivers from certain aspects of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal education law on Thursday. Here’s a look at some ways they are pushing for progress through the flexibility granted by the waivers.

3. A crackdown on low graduation rates

Some critics say NCLB provides perverse incentives for districts to let low-performing students drop out, so they don’t drag down test scores. But with the waiver for New Jersey, for example, the state will focus not just on low proficiency levels, but also on graduation rates. In identifying which schools will be targeted for intervention, for instance, it will look closely at schools where the graduation rate falls below 75 percent.

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