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Ed Secretary Duncan Continues to Work on 'No Child' Law

Duncan Continues to Work on 'No Child' Law

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's plan to give schools a break from student-testing mandates seems to be working in 42 states and the District of Columbia. 

According to The Oregonian, four states were at risk of losing their waivers from the No Child Left Behind law, but three (Oregon, Kansas and Arizona) are on the path to resolving their differences. Only Washington state lost its waiver, due to its failure to include student achievement on statewide academic tests as a factor in judging teacher performance.

Meanwhile, Duncan is currently working with Congress to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law. 

"While it has been praised for focusing on the performance of minorities, low-income students, English-language learners and special education students, the education law has led to a number of schools being labeled as 'failing' and some say it encourages instructors to teach to the test," the article said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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