State granted NCLB waiver extension for new school year

Michigan won a renewal of its waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2014-15 school year. Without the waiver, schools would have to follow NCLB standards that require 100 percent of students proficient in math and language arts.

Some education groups had raised concerns that the state would be denied a waiver since no statewide student assessment or teacher evaluation system was in place. As part of the school aid budget, the Legislature ordered the Michigan Department of Education to produce and administer a revised version of the MEAP next spring. The U.S. Department of Education waiver means the state won't have to use MEAP test results in evaluations.

The waiver is contingent on Michigan moving forward with choosing a student assessment and teacher evaluation process.