Shumlin Will Seek Waiver For ‘No Child Left Behind’

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Governor Peter Shumlin wants Vermont to seek a waiver from parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act that he says aren’t working for the state.

On Monday, the Obama administration gave states a way out of the policy that focuses on holding schools accountable but labels many of them ‘failures’ even if they make progress.

To get the waiver, states must agree to a number of education reforms.

Shumlin told the Vermont Board of Education today that the state should ask to be held to the 2009 levels for testing, so that more teachers aren’t moved because the measurement system doesn’t reflect individual students’ progress.

He also wants to come up with a standardized measurement system that better suits Vermont.

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