One more year: NCLB waiver extended

Idaho’s No Child Left Behind waiver will remain intact for one more year.

The waiver, first approved in October 2012, will remain in place through the 2014-15 school year.

“(Elementary and Secondary Education Act) flexibility has been effective in enabling Idaho to carry out important reforms to improve student achievement and that this extension is in the public interest,” deputy Education Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter Friday to state superintendent Tom Luna.

There are a couple of modifications to the Idaho waiver, however. For instance, the state pledges to come up with a “high-quality plan” to release annual reports on college “go-on” rates and college credits earned in high school, by the end of the 2014-15 school year. The department also pledges to send staffers for site visits to every low-performing “focus school” by Dec. 31 of each school year.

“Focus schools” receive two stars in state five-star ratings — the school quality ratings formulated in the wake of Idaho’s No Child Left Behind waiver. The star ratings take in several criteria, including test scores; graduation rates; student growth rates; and college readiness, as measured by placement exams. (To see your school’s star rating, visit Idaho Ed Trends.)

Idaho is one of 43 states that have a NCLB waiver.

For more on the waiver, here’s an article from the Twin Falls Times-News.