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(Washibgton D.C.) The Education Department is offering states more time to enact promised reforms in exchange for permission to ignore unworkable parts of No Child Left Behind.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday sent letters to school chiefs telling them that they could apply to take another year to start using test results to evaluate teachers. That means some states could delay linking students’ test results with decisions to hire or fire teachers until the 2016 school year.

Duncan says he wants teachers to learn what promises were included in the reform plans before they are held accountable for them.

Duncan already has given 37 states and the District of Columbia permission to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law.

Congress is currently rewriting the law.


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