Idaho Granted Another No Child Left Behind Extension

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The Gem State has been granted its second extension for implementation of No Child Left Behind standards, the Twin Falls Times-News reports.

No Child Left Behind uses a pass-fail system based exclusively on student test scores to determine funding levels, but the state of Idaho has been using a five-star scale that measures academic growth, test scores, graduation rates and how many students take advanced classes. 

The transition from Idaho's existing educational standards to those of NCLB could be difficult for schools with high poverty rates, have a high concentration of students for whom English is a second language, and other at-risk populations.

"Achievement alone [as a benchmark] can be really hard," said Greg Alexander, Idaho State Board of Education director of Statewide System of Support . "When you're dealing with those kinds of situations, teachers get disappointed."

Idaho is one of 43 states that have active NCLB waivers. Thirty-five of those waivers expire this summer, and among those, 31 states have submitted extension requests. Idaho's extension is one of eight received by states since May 3.