Iowa continues its efforts to receive a waiver from the federal government's No Child Left Behind Act.
Tuesday U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan granted exemptions to eight more states, bringing the total to 19.
Iowa's Education Director Jason Glass says that state laws governing teacher evaluations likely kept Iowa from an exemption. According to federal waiver guidelines, states must adopt teacher evaluation systems that include student achievement data.
Governor Terry Branstad's education reform bill did include an evaluation proposal but the Legislature didn't pass the bill this year.
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