Skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

San Diego Schools Get No Reprieve From No Child Left Behind

Credit: Flickr

Above: Student teacher Brandon Wyratt teaches at California Elementary School.

California's application for a waiver from No Child Left Behind is facing rejection.

Thirty-four states and Washington, D.C. have gotten approval to use their own school accountability measures instead of the stringent guidelines from the federal No Child Left Behind Law.


State Letter About No Child Left Behind Rejection

State Letter About No Child Left Behind Rejection

State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson notified school leaders Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 that the federal government is poised to reject the state's application for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law.

Download document

Download Acrobat Reader

In a letter sent to school district superintendents and charter school leaders on Friday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said federal officials are prepared to reject California’s application for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Law.

Under the law, all students are expected to be proficient in math and reading by 2014. That goal has been widely criticized as unrealistic.

The law only applies to schools that get federal funding to support low-income students, about 480 out of 739 schools in San Diego County. Of those, two-thirds are under sanctions because student test scores aren’t improving fast enough. Statewide, 70 percent of schools have missed student proficiency targets.

Schools that miss targets have to notify parents. Families can move students to higher performing schools and under the law must receive free transportation. Schools are required to set aside some of their federal funds for student tutoring and transportation.

Without a waiver, more schools in San Diego County and the state are expected to face sanctions next year.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.