Illinois wants to break loose from the regulations of the No Child Left Behind Act.  It requested a waiver from the federal government several months ago and continues to await a decision.  Last year only eight state school districts met the act’s standards for what’s known as adequate yearly progress, or AYP.

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Illinois State Board of Education spokesman Matt Vanover says the act sets all school districts to the same standards. That means a poor, underachieving district would have to meet the same standards as a wealthy, more successful one, “where you would have that low one making significant gains and raising their students’ performance by 15 to 20 points in a specific period of time and yet not making AYP,” Vanover says.   Vanover says the state is implementing its own standards that will evaluate districts individually. Ten states have been granted a waiver since the president encouraged states to seek them.   Vanover says the state should know if the federal government accepts its waiver has been accepted within a few months.


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