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Aug 9, 2011 7:21 PM by Melissa Hawkes

No Child Left Behind Tweaked to Help Schools

When the No Child Left Behind Act was first signed by President Bush in 2001, it was supposed to grade every student nation-wide by the same standards by 2014. The problem is many schools across the nation aren't up-to-par, including Louisiana schools, but state education officials are hoping to side step some of the law's requirements.

Acadia Parish Superintendent, John Bourque, said, "we feel like we know what to do to get better. If we have to follow certain guidelines that don't pertain to us, we are wasting a lot of time. "

Dianna Guidry oversees all standardized testing in Acadia Parish, she said "before No Child Left Behind, we looked at schools and found the strengths and weaknesses in each school. With No Child Left Behind, we started focusing on subgroups like students based on ethnicity or economic situation."

The Obama Administration's announcement that it will grant waivers to states, removing some of the strict requirements comes as a relief to Bourque.

He said the federal government will send lists to school boards who qualify, and "each state can pick and choose from the list and see how they'll ensure accountability."

Guidry said the state needs to loosen up it's requirements as well.

"The state goes above and beyond No Child Left Behind," She said. "It wants 100 percent of students to perform either basic or higher by 2014. We are working towards it, but it's not realistic to think by 2014, we'll have every child performing at that level."

The Obama Administration has not announced what freedoms states will gain. Those details should be released sometime in September.

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