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Dept. of Education To Announce No Child Left Behind Waiver

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This week the Department of Education says it will release details of New Hampshire’s application for a waiver for flexibility from the controversial federal education law, No Child Left Behind. The DOE will release a draft on Thursday, and submit the final waiver application to the federal department of education the following week.

The waiver request is expected to include recommendations for a system to evaluate teacher and principal performance. State officials say that local school districts will have flexibility as to how much of those recommendations they adopt.

The application will also include a plan for changing to a new set of standardized tests, mostly leaving behind the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, by 2014.

The Obama administration announced states could apply for waivers last September; since then 33 states have been granted flexibility.

Initially New Hampshire had decided to pass on applying for a waiver, saying the deadline was too tight to plan the sweeping changes required.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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