Education: Washington Stands Alone

Ever since the No Child Left Behind Act was adopted, most states have shown results that prove the law to be effective. However, when the 2013-2014 school year began, four states were at risk for losing certain exceptions that they were previously granted. The states are Oregon, Kansas, Arizona and Washington. But Washington has actually lost the flexibility that Secretary of Education Anne Duncan previously granted it. The law stated that every child in the nation would be reading and doing math at proper grade level by 2014. With the exceptions granted, certain states were allowed to create their own responsibility process for not meeting that goal, while Congress tries to develop and implement a more long-term solution. In other words, the states themselves are currently in charge of the repercussions for schools falling short. Washington is now back under the original federal requirements of the law since it has lost its waiver, or exception. In order to be back under the waiver system, the state is being prompted to change its teacher-evaluation process to include students’ results on statewide academic exams. The federal government believes that this should be a factor in judging teachers.  Many teachers and lawmakers of the state of Washington feel that this is a lot to ask of the state’s school system.


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