The state Board of Education, meeting late last week in Moscow, unanimously approved state schools Superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s request for a new one-year waiver from requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind law, Idaho Education News reports.
Idaho’s existing waiver expires this summer; the new waiver request Ybarra and her staff have been preparing is due April 30, and is substantially different from the existing one prepared by former Supt. Tom Luna. Idaho EdNews reporter Clark Corbin reports that the changes include discontinuing the troubled Schoolnet instructional management system; doing away with the “five-star rating” system for schools; and allowing for new teacher evaluation and support systems, as contemplated under this year’s “career ladder” teacher pay bill. You can read Corbin’s full report online here, which also includes links to more details on the waiver.