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Idaho Will Defy NCLB, Schools' Chief Luna Tells Duncan

Susan Notes:

Any state that says "NO!" to Duncan gets a Yahoo!!!

Send this to your local school board--along with an Arne Duncan: In Need of Improvement bumper sticker. Tell them to pressure their state commissioner to say "No!" to Duncan. . . which means saying "YES!" to kids.

NOTE: Although we can applaud anybody who's a pain in the neck to Duncan, this item shows that Luna loves data and isn't opposed to using standardized testing to judge teacher effectiveness:

Idaho schools will not comply with some parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law until it is reformed to measure student academic growth from year to year.

That's what Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna told the federal government Tuesday.
By Michele McNeil

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is putting the feds on notice: His state will not follow key parts of the No Child Left Behind law anymore. Instead, Idaho will use its own accountability system.

In a June 21 letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Luna says Idaho will keep its proficiency targets at current levels rather than continue the onward march toward the 2014 goal for 100 percent proficiency for all students in math and reading. (For one example, Idaho's accountability plan said schools could be said to make adequate yearly progress if 89 percent of their students were proficient in math this year, up from 83 percent the year before. But under Luna's plan, the target would hold steady at 83 percent. Thanks to state officials for clarifying this for me.) In return, the state will implement a new accountability system based on student growth, Luna said. . . . Ed Week doesn't allow full reprinting of its articles. For the rest of this story, go to the url below.

— Michele McNeil
Seattle Education blog



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