Well that didn’t take long. A week after we noted here that Idaho was joining Montana in refusing to increase its AYP targets for next year as required by NCLB and wondered if a third state would do likewise, making the movement a trend, South Dakota State Secretary of Education Melody Schopp informed local superintendents throughout the state that she was doing just that. (Like their north central neighbors, South Dakota is also a SMARTER Balanced state.)
Schopp cited many of the same arguments as Denise Juneau and Tom Luna about the number of schools identified for improvement overwhelming state resources, but unlike the others, she acknowledged the possibility of losing federal funds as a penalty for noncompliance. So far, however, Secretary Duncan has not made any public statement, much less acted, on Montana, Idaho, and now South Dakota’s defiance of NCLB.
Post submitted by David Griffith, ASCD’s Director of Public Policy.