This is the message from Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan regarding his meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee 12 days ago
Thank you for meeting with me on Sunday, February 23. As we discussed, approving new legislation to include the use of statewide assessments in student growth scores for teacher and principal evaluation would be a positive step toward addressing the state’s high-risk status and meeting the commitments that the state made to receive the ESEA flexibility waiver. I am encouraged to see that you are taking proactive steps to avoid jeopardizing your waiver, which ultimately could lead to the state returning to the requirements of NCLB and your school districts losing flexibility to manage more than $40 million in federal funding to improve educational outcomes for students across Washington.