No Child Left Behind, No More?

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Updated: 8/09/2011 10:37 pm

(MyNews4.com & KRNV) Washoe County, Nev. - Sparks mom Grace Stewart was an education major in college, but she jumped the teacher ship when no child left behind was passed nine years ago.

“It was more teaching to the test rather than allowing the kids to have creativity. ,” Steward said


She's not the only one who has a problem with the school accountability standards. The Nevada State Superintendent says every campus here will likely land on the "needing improvement list" in the next few years under the law. And now the White House wants to allow states to opt out.

"It is far too punitive, it is far too prescriptive, lead to a dummying down of the standards,” US Education Secretary Anre Duncan said.

Tuesday the Washoe County School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking Nevada to petition for a wavier from the law. State leaders tell News 4 they agree, and are working on an application to get out.


They say Nevada students will likely still have standardized testing, but they hope to shift the focus to long term growth of kids instead of just a snap-shot of each grade. It might sound like a minor tweak, but they say it's desperately needed to have a more accurate picture of school performance.


However the change is coming too late for Steward. She says she's happy in her new career and glad she never had to deal with this mess.


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