No Child Left Behind Waiver

The US Department of Education has granted Pennsylvania a waiver to NCLB (No Child Left Behind). The waiver puts an end to AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress), replacing it with a new accountability system.

Title 1 schools – schools with a high percentage of low income students – will receive one of three federal designations, Reward, Priority or Focus, based on the following four “Annual Measureable Objectives”:

  • test participation
  • graduation/attendance rate
  • closing the achievement gap for ALL students
  • closing the achievement gap for “historically low performing students” (defined as students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, English language learners)

A number of interventions, defined by PDE (PA Department of Education), will be available for Priority and Focus schools.

Non-Title 1 schools will not receive a federal designation but will receive a School Performance Profile score. If necessary, non-Title 1 schools will also have access to the same interventions as Title 1 Priority and Focus schools. The School Performance Profile will be accessible to the public, another way to ensure accountability to all stakeholders. For more detailed information on the waiver, visit:

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