Ten states have been approved for flexibility from the mandates of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in exchange for implementing bold reforms around standards and accountability. These states have agreed to raise standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to improve teacher effectiveness. The ten states approved for flexibility are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
To get flexibility from NCLB, states must adopt and have a plan to implement college and career-ready standards. They also must create comprehensive systems of teacher and principal development, evaluation, and support that include factors beyond test scores. States receiving waivers no longer have to meet 2014 targets in reading and math as set by NCLB but they must set new performance targets for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps. For more information visit the U.S. Department of Education's website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.