May 20 | Los Angeles Daily News

By Barbara Jones

Citing the difficulty of reforming the state's education system, California will not make another attempt to get a waiver of the federal law requires that every youngster be proficient in English and math by 2014, officials said Monday.

California lost its bid in 2012 to get a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Law because it was unwilling to tie student test scores to teacher evaluations, a requirement of the law. A statement issued Monday by California's education leaders indicated they expected that would again be a stumbling block if they submitted the appplication.

"While California's efforts to improve its education system continue to move forward, including implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the modernization of our assessment and accountability systems, the standards for obtaining a federal waiver remain difficult to meet for a state committed to local flexibility and decision-making," said state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson and state school President Michael Kirst said.

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