States plan to expand accountability to include social studies

Seven of the 11 states that were granted No Child Left Behind waivers in the first round, and a dozen that received them in the second, plan to expand accountability beyond math and reading tests. Among those states, social studies, science and writing are most commonly added. While most states have focused solely on achievement in reading and math -- required under the federal education law -- experts say districts always have been able to add other measures of accountability.

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