Wyoming will not receive fed schools waiver

By: AP
By: AP

Casper, WY (AP) - Wyoming will not receive a waiver next school year under the federal education law.

Without the waiver, even some of Wyoming's highest performing schools could soon be labeled as failing under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The federal act holds schools accountable to proficiency targets that increase annually until every tested student scores at least proficient in every subject area.

Former state Education Department Director Richard Crandall tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the state chose not to apply for a waiver because Wyoming's education accountability model would likely not have met federal guidelines and because the agency was undergoing a change in leadership.

The first phase of Wyoming's state-run accountability system was piloted in schools this year. It will take effect this fall.

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