WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Michigan assessment expert is on the 21-person review team that will recommend which states should receive waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act, according to Education Week.

Edward Roeber is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University and formerly was with the Michigan Department of Education and the Council of Chief State Schools Officers. He joins a number of other researchers, think tank representatives, former state education officials and local school district officials on the review team, Education Week reported.

Most states plan to seek waivers that will give them some flexibility on meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, such as the requirement that all students be proficient in math and reading by 2014, Education Week reported. Only 17 states have already submitted requests.

Michigan will turn in a waiver request in time for the second round of reviews in February 2012, according to information at the Michigan Department of Education website.

Public comment on Michigan’s draft proposal is being accepted through Dec. 5. The draft proposal and an overview are posted at the MDE website (linked below).

SOURCES:

Education Week, “Transparency Watch: NCLB Waiver Judges Identified,” Nov. 17, 2011 (Subscription required)

Michigan Department of Education, “MDE's Draft Request for ESEA Flexibility

FURTHER READING:

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Another Year of Hollow School Progress Reports,” Aug. 23, 2010

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