Although the NCLB policy may not have worked as expected, waivers may be a bad idea for minority, economically disadvantaged, English Learners, and special needs students.
The NCLB Act required testing and reporting of standards-based assessment of all students. It also required states to show how the performance of different racial groups, economically disadvantaged, English Learners and special needs students.
The NCLB Act give parents and the public critical information about the school and school district. The quality of teachers, principals, and school district leadership are also revealed. In addition, the NCLB Act mandates quality education for all children.
What is not clear now is whether parents of African American, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged and special needs students will be able to get the same information that was provided by the NCLB Act.
There is no guarantee the NCLB flexibility will improve the quality of education. The only proven factor that can bring about significant student mastery of the subject is teacher quality in the classroom.