South Dakota Schools Expecting Education Law Waiver Soon

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota education officials expect to get a waiver this month from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Law.        The Obama administration is allowing states to seek exemptions from the 2002 law’s requirements if they develop alternative standards for schools. Nearly 20 states have received waivers so far.   If South Dakota’s plan is approved before July 1, the state can implement it by fall.  South Dakota’s plan establishes a 100-point scale for public schools. Student performance on math and reading tests would determine part of each school’s score, but the index would include other factors such as graduation rates and scores on the ACT college entrance exam for high schools, and attendance rates for elementary schools.


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