Here's lots more about the state test score results, the call for an NCLB waiver, and what the next version of the state report card might look like. As I wrote yesterday, changing the measuring stick (or getting rid of it) won't make Illinois schools any better than they currently are, and missing AYP by a subgroup or two isn't really such an awful thing to happen for a school.
Only 1.5 percent of state public high schools met federal progress mark Sun Times: Nearly 99 percent of Illinois public high schools failed to meet federal progress standards this year, state officials revealed Thursday in announcing plans to seek a waiver from the increasingly demanding federal No Child left Behind law.
Illinois falls further behind 'No Child' education targets WBEZ: Illinois education officials now say they'll seek an exemption from the act, which sets ever-increasing annual achievement benchmarks.
50% of IL High Schoolers Flunk PSAE Fox: Nearly half of all Illinois students flunked the latest round of state exams, and for Illinois 11th graders, it was the worst performance ever.
'New improved' Report Card on tap State School News Service: The bill would require ISBE to prepare a new report card for every district and school by October 31 of 2013, and update the cards yearly thereafter.
Video: Q&A on state tests Statehouse News: ISBE boss Gery Chico and Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch answer questions about poor standardized test scores in Illinois.