January 18 | The San Diego Union-Tribune

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the remaining intact portions of the law it supersedes, 2002’s No Child Left Behind Act, continue to require every state to have a simple metric that provides a snapshot of how well a school is doing. While the new law has far fewer requirements than No Child Left Behind, it does mandate that schools that finish in the bottom 5 percent of this metric be identified and face state intervention.

This is what prompted state Board of Education President Mike Kirst and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Education last week requesting a waiver from federal law that would allow the state to use fuzzy, vague multi-part measures of school performance. We hope the Obama adminstration rejects the request, as it has previous request from California to avoid complying with federal education mandates.

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