Loss of No Child waiver is not an option

The U.S. Department of Education’s warning Thursday that Kansas is at “high risk” of losing its No Child Left Behind waiver was hardly good news. But the Kansas State Department of Education has been working on the issue of concern – the need for a new system that uses student achievement data to evaluate teachers and principals. It’s hard to imagine state officials won’t meet the federal officials’ expectations to submit a more detailed plan within 30 days and ensure that the waiver is extended beyond the new school year. In any case, failure to do so is not an option, because of the havoc the loss of the waiver would cause for school districts across the state.