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Nevada Granted Waiver From No Child Left Behind

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CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones (photo: Trevor Smith/KXNT)

CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones (photo: Trevor Smith/KXNT)

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(Las Vegas, NV) — The Obama administration has approved Nevada’s request to substitute its own student achievement and teacher accountability standards for the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Nevada’s plan creates the Nevada School Performance Framework for classifying and rewarding school performance.

The waiver was announced Wednesday by Gov. Brian Sandoval and state Superintendent James Guthrie.

Sandoval says the waiver represents “a new day” for education in Nevada.

Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Dwight D. Jones today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s approval of Nevada’s request for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) flexibility:

“The District welcomes this announcement and looks forward to learning more about the details for implementation. The District views this as a helpful improvement over the NCLB guidelines and Adequate Yearly Progress. The state’s approach follows the same path blazed by CCSD with an emphasis on the Nevada Growth Model and the School Performance Framework.

“The innovative School Performance Framework model will give every educator, parent and student a detailed accounting of how their school is doing. It allows us to reward pockets of excellence, provide swift and direct support to schools that need assistance and help our teachers share best practices for educating students.

“The community asked us for a system of accountability that was not one size fits all; we heard the call and worked with other educators in the state to come up with a system unique to our great state. As we continue our bold reform effort, I assure everyone that CCSD is on track to not only have every graduating senior “Ready by Exit” to compete in college or career, but also to go from the fastest growing district to the fastest improving district in the nation.”

The state applied for a waiver in February, but officials reworked Nevada’s application after receiving feedback from the U.S Department of Education.

Nevada is one of 33 states and the District of Columbia that have been granted waivers from the federal education law.

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