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New Hampshire seeks waiver from No Child Left Behind
By Tyler King
CONCORD, New Hampshire: Education officials in New Hampshire have released a draft application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law in order to develop and implement their own school accountability system. The 97-page draft detail plans on improving teacher effectiveness, creating a system of student-centered learning, and increasing high school graduation rates. The department said that by requesting the waiver, it believes the state will be able to move toward a system that's better for all students, including those with disabilities and English learners. The system would be based on supporting districts and schools in achieving excellence rather than one based solely on compliance. More than 70% of New Hampshire schools were identified as needing improvement last year, including those that previously showed improvement.