Washington loses waiver on No Child Left Behind

SEATTLE — Washington state has lost its education accountability waiver from the federal government.

State education officials say they received an email on Thursday saying they were losing the waiver because the state did not meet the U.S. Department of Education’s requirement to include statewide student test results in teacher evaluations.

Washington is the first state to lose its waiver. Most states have been given a waiver from some elements of the federal education law as a stop gap until Congress acts to reauthorize the law. The state has been operating under a conditional waiver for the past two school years.

Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn both called the announcement disappointing but not unexpected.

Washington expects to lose control over about $40 million in federal school dollars.

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