By Michele McNeil
In Nevada during the 2011-12 school year, 86 schools were in “restructuring” under the No Child Left Behind Act—the most aggressive sanction under the federal school accountability law.
But after the state got an NCLB waiver, by the 2012-13 school year, 75 of those schools got relief from the toughest interventions. These are schools that hadn’t made adequate yearly progress for six years in a row.
For half of the worst NCLB-era schools in 15 states, waivers proved to be an escape hatch, according to a new paper released today from New America Foundation policy analyst Anne Hyslop, who has delivered some of the most comprehensive research yet on the implications of new NCLB waivers.