As the state of Missouri fails to meet the stringent requirements of No Child Left Behind, the entire state will opt out of the system instead of continuing to fail as a part of it.
From the Springfield News-Leader:
Missouri will seek a waiver from the testing requirements -- and controversial sanctions -- of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Margie Vandeven, assistant commissioner of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said the state was hoping for a major rewrite of the law.
Of course the expectations of what states and their schools must accomplish under the NCLB requirements are more-than-somewhat unattainable. As the article notes, the plan “centers on the expectation that every school have 100 percent of its students scoring proficient or above in math and communication arts by 2014.” And that is simply something that will not happen, and may never happen, in the state of Missouri… Or America for that matter.
But exempting ourselves from the program entirely takes away the accountability, even if it is only the pretense of accountability. The statistics are already troubling, as “only 25.4 percent of Missouri's 2,187 schools made Adequate Yearly Progress.” Opting out of NCLB will only make things worse as the students, teachers, and school districts will have fewer stipulations demanding that they improve.
At least it’s not the whole country…
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday that President Barack Obama was authorizing him to grant waivers because Congress had failed to act on a comprehensive overhaul of the law.
The option would be available to all 50 states.
Nevermind, Missouri is apparently just another brick in the wall.
And we don’t need no education.