COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The federal government has approved Ohio's
request for relief from certain requirements of the Bush-era No
Child Left Behind Act.
In a decision Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education granted
Ohio and seven other states waivers from many provisions of the
Ohio schools will no longer be judged on yearly progress toward
making 100 percent of students in each demographic group proficient
in reading and math. The mandate was considered unrealistic. The
Ohio Department of Education expected 90 percent of schools to miss
the mark without the waiver.
State Superintendent Stan Heffner said Ohio's new school rating
system will be more workable and as aggressive at shrinking
performance gaps between children of different income levels.
The waiver also allows Ohio school report cards to shift to
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