Major Accountability Themes of State NCLB Application Waivers

Wayne Riddle
December 23, 2011

This report analyzes the NCLB waiver applications submitted by the first 11 states to the U.S. Department of Education in November 2011.

Among the findings in the report are that these states are proposing new and complex accountability systems which they assert will respond to local needs and better identify schools that need assistance.  Also, nearly all the state applications would base accountability decisions on the achievement of just two student groups: all students and a single “disadvantaged” group.

This is a departure from the current NCLB policy, which holds schools accountable for the performance of numerous subgroups of students, ranging from major racial and ethnic groups to students with disabilities.