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Kansas Education Officials Seeking Extension of No Child Left Behind Waiver

Wichita Eagle (KS) (01/17/14) Tobias, Suzanne Perez

The Kansas Department of Education will seek an extension of its No Child Left Behind waiver from the U.S. Department of Education. State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker commented, "[The state] would be able to get our high-risk status removed immediately if we would tell them [that student growth data is used as] a percentage ... of a teacher's evaluation." However, she noted that student growth should be a component of teacher evaluations, but "it shouldn't be one data point that determines whether you're a successful teacher or not." The U.S. Department of Education has given Kansas until May 1 to finalize its guidelines for teacher evaluations in order to continue its waiver. DeBacker said the state will ask for another year of leeway in a new appeal while it develops new teacher evaluations.
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