Nothing in this exemption addresses the major problem with these crude accountability systems. Obama himself twice stated publiclyonce when announcing the availability of exemptions and again later in his 2012 State of the Union addressthat NCLB had produced teaching to the test and abandonment of teaching such subjects as history and science. He was right. But the substitution of "growth on a state-designed test" will do nothing to correct the problems of teaching to the test and narrowing of the curriculum.
Nearly all states will eventually be exempted from NCLB worst requirement, and nothing good will change in the schools.
Gene V Glass
University of Colorado Boulder
Arizona State University