The Education Dept. grants New Jersey a one-year flexibility extension from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
New Jersey has implemented reforms that go beyond the NCLB waiver requirements. For example:
- The New Jersey Department of Education established a model curriculum for underperforming schools that is divided into six- to eight-week learning units, aligned to college- and career-ready standards and supported by assessments and monitoring at the end of each learning period.
- The state delivered focused oversight of development and implementation of Student Growth Objectives, to measure student growth in non-tested grades and subjects, for all teachers beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.
ED just last month grants similar extensions to Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico currently have ESEA flexibility, 35 of which expired this summer. Of those, 34 submitted an extension request and 30 have been granted.