What does the NCLB waiver vote mean?

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) votes whether to renew the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver on Friday August 8. While the ostensible result of the vote will be to renew or not renew the waiver, there will be efforts by all interested parties to label what the vote means. Common Core: if the USBE decides not to renew the waiver, Common Core standards foes will see it as a victory and a step towards extracting Common Core standards from our education system. Utah would still need to replace…

What is the Cost of Not Extending the NCLB Waiver?

On July 17, the Utah State Board of Education met to discuss whether to extend the  No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver, or the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Waiver. It allows Utah to avoid certain aspects of NCLB while still receiving federal dollars for education. I recommend reading Karen Peterson’s treatment of the topic (here) for a more full overview, though I am not yet decided that I agree with her conclusions. The Board will vote on August 8 whether to extend the waiver. If the waiver is ditched–that is, if…