The Fresno (CA) Bee (3/23) reports, "State education officials support efforts by Fresno, Clovis and Sanger Unified School Districts to get a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, but remain concerned about who would monitor a new accountability system." The piece notes that State Superintendent Tom Torlakson "signed off" on the move by the California Office to Reform Education, the consortium created by nine districts to seek a waiver, in a letter to ED on Friday. "CORE wants a waiver from No Child, which requires that all students be proficient in English and math by 2014. Instead, they want to use standardized test scores, along with factors like attendance, suspension and graduation rates, to gauge how well a school is doing."
EdSource Today (3/25) reports that Torlakson and California Board of Education President Michael Kirst "expressed support Friday for nine districts' application for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. In letter to the U.S. Department of Education, they also raised questions about how the waiver would be implemented and enforced. ... The CORE waiver proposal is based on three principles: 1) College- and career-ready expectations for all students, 2) State developed differentiated recognition, accountability and support, and 3) Supporting effective instruction and leadership."