Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia now have waivers from certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) approved by the U.S. Department of Education. These waivers provide states the flexibility needed to establish rigorous, high-quality accountability systems that support schools and districts, and provide students with the interventions they need to improve. States are now months into implementation of waivers and, having made significant progress, are considering how these important reform efforts will be continued. States are calling on Congress to reauthorize ESEA to include the innovations from their waivers and provide stability to move forward with systemic reform.
Chris Cerf, Commissioner of Education for the New Jersey Department of Education, Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education, and John King, Commissioner of Education for the New York Department of Education spoke about the new accountability systems in their states and the implications of the waivers on state and federal policies and practice. Andy Rotherham, co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, moderated the conversation.