On Monday, the USDE announced three more states would receive so-called NCLB "waivers" allowing them to adjust the school ratings and sanctions required under current law. Illinois was not among them. But CPS doesn't necessarily need Illinois to get a waiver in order to get out from under NCLB.
A consortium of large districts in California including LAUSD has submitted a district-level NCLB waiver request, which the Obama administration is considering despite concerns from some civil rights and reform groups. Their first proposal was reviewed and returned -- the followup is supposed to be sent to Washington next week.
Other states have not applied, or withdrawn applications, or -- like California -- applied but then declined to re-apply. The three new states -- Alaska, Hawaii, and W. Virginia -- bring the total number of states operating under waivers to 37 plus DC. Each of these states has its own accountability system and intervention protocols, though there are similarities.
"Illinois continues to languish in waiver purgatory—the state that's been stuck there the longest over problems meeting the federal department's aggressive timeline for new teacher evaluations," notes EdWeek.