The AP reported today that President Obama would announce that 10 states, including NJ, will be given waivers on No Child Left Behind laws.
Watch the President give the official announcement in this live stream from The White House beginning at 1:55 pm:
(live stream removed after press conference)
The No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law in January 2002 by President George W. Bush. Under the Obama administration, the US Department of Education issued a “Blueprint For Reform,” which would overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to support state and local efforts to help ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and a career. The Department gave each state educational agency (SEA) the opportunity to request flexibility on behalf of itself, its local educational agencies, and schools, in order to better focus on improving student learning and increasing the quality of instruction.
The NJ Department of Education started the waiver application process back in October, when they asked for input from K-12 stakeholders and the broader public on what elements should be included in New Jersey’s application.
In order to receive the waiver, states were required to provide a detailed alternative plan on how they would “improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction” in the following three areas:
- Transitioning to college- and career-ready standards and assessments
- Developing systems of differentiated recognition, accountability, and support
- Evaluating teacher and principal effectiveness and supporting improvement
“We are once again proving that New Jersey is leading the way on the issues that matter most to our children’s future and our shared future as a state and nation. The Obama Administration’s approval of our education reform agenda contained in this application confirms that our bold, common sense, and bipartisan reforms are right for New Jersey and shared by the President and Secretary Duncan’s educational vision for the country,” said Governor Christie in a statement just released from his office. “This is not about Democrats or Republicans – it is about pursuing an agenda in the best interest of our children whose educational needs are not being met, and those who are getting a decent education but deserve a great one.”