Wyoming Educators Praise No Child Left Behind Changes

Cheyenne – By the 2005 school year, states are required to meet a federal guideline that ensures all teachers are highly qualified. While it might look good at face value, it meant that teachers could no longer teach multiple subject areas without them passing rigorous assessment tests. This was viewed as especially burdensome in science where a teacher was supposed to be "highly qualified" in a specific subject, like physics. But after complaints from western states, the US Department of Education is allowing for some flexibility for rural districts. Among the Wyoming impacts are science teachers just have to be "highly qualified in General Science and most teachers will be able to teach multiple subject areas. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports many school officials in the state believe these changes are long overdue.