TRENTON – Education officials are asking the federal government for permission to stop compiling data it’s no longer responsible to report to them.
The state’s Department of Education announced it intends to request a waiver of its requirement to calculate Adequate Yearly Progress of each of its schools.
In February, the U.S. Department of Education announced New Jersey was one of a handful of states that would no longer be subject to certain No Child Left Behind requirements, including a mandate that each school be required to make Adequate Yearly Progress.
Now, the state’s Education department wants the federal government to allow New Jersey to stop calculating Adequate Yearly Progress – even though the results no longer carry any consequences.
State officials announced intentions to seek the waiver on Thursday, when the Department of Education began asking for public input on the waiver.
Prior to submitting a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education, the state must provide an opportunity for public comment, according to the state’s Department of Education.
A state education spokesman, Justin Barra, said New Jersey will still gather a wealth of data on student progress. However the information would not be used to calculate Adequate Yearly Progress.