The federal government has given the State Department of Education until early February to address several problems with the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver.
The problems, outlined in a Jan. 6 memo, include:
- Shortcomings in reporting the number of high school students who take college-level courses and ultimately go to college.
- A failure to recognize the state’s highest-performing schools — known in the federal government’s parlance as reward schools.
- A failure to demonstrate that the state’s low-performing priority schools are adopting “turnaround principles” designed to improve academic performance.
- A generalized approach to improving performance at the state’s 42 low-performing focus schools. The federal government wants to see proof that these schools are “implementing interventions that target the specific school’s need and/or student group performance.” Read more. Kevin Richert, Idaho Ed News