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The Effect of ESEA Waiver Plans on High School Graduation Rate Accountability


Based on an extensive analysis of state waiver requests, this report shows that recent progress in holding schools accountable for how many students they graduate from high school—the ultimate goal of K–12 education—may be slowed in some states based on waivers recently granted under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The report includes a review of approved waiver requests submitted by 34 states and the District of Columbia.