Arlington, VA — A statement by Jim Kohlmoos, Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, on the announcement that Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee were granted waivers from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB):

“States and state boards of education are at the fore of innovation in education as they continue to develop and improve policies to help every student become college- or career-ready. It is heartening to see the Administration recognizes this hard work by starting to relieve states of the burden imposed on them by a law that set out worthy but perhaps unrealistic goals.

“However, make no mistake that while we are pleased that waivers were granted for these 10 states, what we need is a comprehensive new iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. State boards are constantly looking for new and better ways to improve the way education is delivered in their states. Right now, many facets of NCLB just get in the way of these critical efforts.

“We trust in the equity and transparency of waiver award decisions, and believe that any state whose application was denied should receive the assistance necessary to meet the requirements laid out in the waiver process.”