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Michigan Seeks 1-Year Extension to No Child Left Behind Waiver (05/05/14) Smith, Brian

Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan recently signed an extension request asking the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year waiver extension from No Child Left Behind. The request focuses on continued changes to three components: student assessments, the state's school accountability report card, and the state's teacher evaluation system. The waiver request contends, "Michigan is currently a governing state in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and will adopt all assessments developed via that collaboration." Additionally, it outlines a proposal to add a color to the five-color accountability system used to grade schools, ranging from green to red, to identify overall school performance. The proposal would add a sixth color, purple, to mark schools as having less than a full year of performance data available to judge their performance. The waiver extension request also mentions the state's teacher evaluation system, which a federal Education Department official said has raised concerns.
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