Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will join President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Friday, "for an announcement of the President’s efforts to provide states with relief from key provisions of No Child Left Behind," according to the Minnesota Education Department.
Calling No Child Left Behind a "failed law," Minnesota last month applied for a waiver from parts of the federal education law.
"We are not asking for relief from accountability," Cassellius wrote in the request. "Rather we are seeking relief from a failed law that does not accurately measure our state's progress toward higher expectations and better academic achievement for all students."
The request asks for, among other things, flexibility to create a new system of measuring student growth that would use "a broader spectrum and deeper analysis of data," than the federal law allows.
As of Wednesday, the state had not yet heard back regarding that application.
The state department of education says "education chiefs from across the nation" will also be at the Friday morning announcement.