Story last updated at 8/8/2012 - 1:07 pm
Alaska is preparing to apply for a waiver from many aspects of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly called No Child Left Behind. That federal law created a complex accountability system for public schools. If Alaska is granted a waiver, the state would implement its own accountability system for public schools, subject to some federal conditions.
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development is preparing a draft of its waiver proposal. The department is asking interested Alaskans to comment on the draft no later than Aug. 21, 2012, using an online form at http://education.alaska.gov/nclb/esea.html.
That webpage currently contains an overview of the waiver process and presentations about Alaska's proposals for the three principles the federal government requires states to address:
Principle 1 - College and Career Ready Standards and Assessment;
Principle 2 - Accountability and Support; and
Principle 3 - Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership.
The following webinars/audio conferences will explain Alaska's draft proposal and invite stakeholder input. Click on the link to join a specific webinar online. You can participate by audio-only by calling 1-800-315-6338 and entering passcode 2970#.
Aug. 13, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Aug. 15, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Aug. 16, 3:00-4:30 p.m.