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Missouri education officials are looking to part ways with the federal No Child Left Behind law. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.
Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Friday that it plans to opt out of the federal law, and that it has relayed that message to the federal government.
Last month, President Barack Obama said states will be allowed to seek a waiver from the controversial law, which requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014.
Critics of the law have said it sets unattainable goals, is punitive by nature, and is an unfunded mandate.
States can apply for the waiver through the U.S. Department of Education.
As part of that waiver program, states must show they are able to put in their own systems of standards and accountability.
In a news release from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro said it would be easier for school districts if Missouri could use one, state system of accountability rather than continuing with the confusion of using both a state and a federal system.
For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.