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SD Receives Waiver From 'No Child Left Behind'



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Leaders of South Dakota’s education system got some good news Thursday. The state was just one of six that once again received a waiver from the ‘No Child Left Behind Act.’

The waiver grants the state’s schools more flexibility in measuring how well students are doing. Under the act, the federal government bases a school’s ‘accountability’ or performance on standardized test scores, attendance and graduation rates. The waiver allows schools to look at students’ successes in other ways. South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp said that’s extremely important. It gives the district and state leaders a more accurate picture of how students are doing.

"This is our accountability I think to the general public, to the taxpayer about the performance of their school. But, also it's fairer to the school district to be able to say you know I am really making growth and doing the things that need to be done, where that wasn't possible before."

The waiver gives the state a one year extension on the previous extension granted in 2012.
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