Calif. districts seek first-of-their-kind waivers from parts of NCLB

Nine school districts in California, including Los Angeles, are seeking waivers from portions of No Child Left Behind and are pledging to develop their own ways for evaluating the success of schools. The request -- filed jointly by the districts belonging to the California Office to Reform Education -- calls for the evaluation of schools based on standardized test scores, along with attendance, suspensions and graduation data, using district-developed formulas.

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