Alaska Releases School Ratings Under New System

Alaska education officials have released the first school ratings calculated under the state's new accountability system for public schools.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Alaska education officials have released the first school ratings calculated under the state's new accountability system for public schools.
The ratings unveiled Friday follow the Obama administration's May approval of Alaska's request for a waiver from provisions of the federal education law No Child Left Behind.
Alaska is among 40 states and the District of Columbia to receive approval of waiver requests.
States are allowed under the waivers to avoid certain requirements, such as all students showing proficiency in English and math by 2014, if other conditions are met. Those conditions include states imposing their own standards to prepare students for college and careers and setting evaluation standards for teachers and principals.
Alaska's new accountability system ranks schools between a high of five stars and a low of one star.