Where does your state stand on its request? What policies are ahead with new achievement goals and new ways to identify low-performing schools?
Bold accountability reform is under way across the South through federal waivers to No Child Left Behind
provisions. SREB is closely monitoring these efforts. Earlier this year, SREB reported that 13 SREB states — Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia — already had received waivers.
Today, the situation continues to unfold. West Virginia’s waiver request was approved by the USDOE in late May and Alabama’s in late June; Texas has a waiver request pending.
SREB has just released a new policy brief, SREB States Transform School Accountability with NCLB Waivers
as a resource on this changing story. Over the past several years, NCLB
increasingly has been criticized for draining state resources and labeling too many public schools as failures. In fact, by 2011 the fate of many public schools had become dire — about half of all schools nationwide were failing on key targets under NCLB
, and that number was expected to rise sharply by its 2014 deadline.
The brief updates you on the key policies SREB states plan to implement as part of their new waiver reforms. It details, state by state, their policies for raising student achievement, evaluating school performance, and identifying low-performing schools for state assistance.
Profiles by state for each SREB state >
Latest NCLB waivers policy brief (16-page PDF) >
February 2013 NCLB waivers
policy brief (8-page PDF) >
The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.