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Ohio Gets Wavier From No Child Left Behind Mandates

The federal government is freeing Ohio from many of the requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act. Tuesday's decision from the Department of Education grants waivers for Ohio and seven other states from several provisions in the decade-old law. Changes include no longer judging those states on yearly progress toward 100 percent proficiency in reading and math, a mandate that’s been called unrealistic. "Our goal with this waiver process has always been, frankly, to get out of the way of states and districts, and let them figure out what's the best way to meet their educational needs," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan. The waiver also allows Ohio school report cards to shift to letter grades.