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Waiver states seek leeway for English learners' impact on school ratings

from Education Week

Last year, Florida pushed the U.S. Department of Education for major flexibility on what had been a hard-and-fast rule of the No Child Left Behind Act, even under waivers: Test results for English Language Learners in reading must be factored into school ratings if the student has been in the country for at least a year. After a lot of cajoling — including threatened legal action — Florida managed to get that timeline extended to two years. And now at least seven other states — Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Rhode Island — have also asked for leeway around ELL testing in their waiver renewal applications, which were turned into the department back in late March. more


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