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Five Non-Waiver States Will Get to Pause School Ratings For a Year

You don’t need a comprehensive No Child Left Behind waiver to get a reprieve from some of the law’s accountability requirements. Five non-waiver states, including California, Montana, North Dakota, Vermont, and Washington are all transitioning to new tests aligned to the Common Core standards. So all five states applied for, and will be allowed to, “pause” their school rating systems this school year. That theoretically means an ‘A’ school could bomb the new state tests without having to worry about getting bumped down to the ‘C’ level