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For No Child Left Behind waivers, states advised to adopt Common Core State Standards
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 20:35 PM

President Barack Obama recently announced his waiver plan to offer relief to many states that are struggling with certain aspects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

However, in order to receive a waiver, states must be willing to work toward closing achievement gaps and making sure that their students are college and career ready. To achieve this, states must be willing to adopt and transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

According to the CCSS Initiative's website, states that embrace the Standards will be able to provide K-12 students with the skills and knowledge they require to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce.

While NCLB has helped spotlight achievement gaps, it has also encouraged some states to lower their standards and focus on student test scores rather than personal growth, the U.S. Department of Education reported.

"The purpose is not to give states and districts a reprieve from accountability, but rather to unleash energy to improve our schools at the local level," Obama said.



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