Only July 19, the Obama administration granted additional flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to six additional states (Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, and South Carolina) and the District of Columbia (DC) in exchange for state-led reform in the areas of college- and career-ready standards, accountability and improvement, and teacher evaluation. In total, thirty-two states and DC have received waivers from certain NCLB requirements, including the provision requiring that 100 percent of students be proficient in reading and math by 2014.
“More and more states can’t wait any longer for education reform,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “A strong, bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act remains the best path forward in education reform, but as these states have demonstrated, our kids can’t wait any longer for Congress to act.”
States that have been approved for waivers are shown in green on the map above while states with outstanding requests for waivers are shown in yellow. States (plus Puerto Rico) that have not requested a waiver or withdrew its waiver (Vermont) are shown in white.
Additional information on the waiver process is available at http://www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility.