18 others states have received the NCLB waiver. One of the requirements under NCLB was that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math in three school years. A requirement that is near impossible to meet as evidenced by the fact that nearly half of Connecticut schools have been unable to meet that requirement.
“These states are getting more flexibility with federal funds and relief from NCLB’s one-size-fits-all federal mandate,” said Duncan.
The NCLB waiver has been awarded to states that have developed alternative plans for accountability and measuring success.
“Clearly the education reform we were able to achieve this session was instrumental in helping acquire the NCLB waiver,” said Sharon Palmer, president of AFT Connecticut.
“We must continue to ensure that the voices of educators are heard as we move forward with working to improve education for every child.”