Tag Archives: bill NCLB

Gov Inks School Accountability Standards Bill

Governor Bill Haslam signed off Thursday on changes to Tennessee’s education standards under a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, reports WPLN’s Daniel Potter.
Many Tennessee schools would’ve failed under the federal benchmarks, unless they made double-digit gains in math and reading each year. Instead, the state will now require a more realistic 3 to 5 percent improvement.
Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says the changes were badly needed, because the old system was labeling hundreds of schools ‘failing’ even as many got better.
“So something was wrong with the picture. We’d created a world in which more than a thousand schools headed into this year knowing that almost no matter how much they improved this year they were likely to fail AYP. That doesn’t do honor or service to the people working in those buildings.”

Note: The Haslam press release is below.

Continue reading