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Illinois submits No Child Left Behind waiver pitch

Published: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has a plan to change the way it evaluates the progress of schools and students, and it will submit it to the U.S. Department of Education.

The Illinois State Board of Education announced details of the plan Tuesday. Targets would be set for each school, each district and for subgroups of students. The goal would be to reduce achievement gaps and the percentage of students not making progress.

Schools and districts would be measured in multiple ways, including graduation rates and achievement in math, reading and science.

The plan is the state’s waiver application to the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

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