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.

2. Attention to middle- and high-achievers

NCLB has prioritized getting students to basic proficiency levels and bringing up low scores. That has reduced attention for students who are already achieving at basic levels, some critics say. Massachusetts will change that by including a new factor in its measurement of student achievement for schools, districts, and subgroups: gains in the percentage of students scoring in the advanced category in English language arts and mathematics. The state also plans to improve teaching and instructional materials at the advanced levels.

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