AIR Vice President Sabrina Laine Selected by U.S. Education Department to Review State Applications for ESEA Waivers

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Sabrina Laine, a leading expert in teacher evaluation and a vice president at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a reviewer of applications by states seeking exemptions from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – enacted as part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

Dr. Laine has an extensive background in educational policy research, particularly in the area of educator recruitment, compensation, evaluation, distribution and professional development.

In September, the White House announced that states can request flexibility from specific NCLB mandates if they are transitioning to a system that is aligned with college- and career-ready standards for all students, developing differentiated accountability systems, and implementing reforms that support effective classroom instruction and school leadership.

In the first round of requests, 11 states applied for waivers from provisions of NCLB – Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The states will be notified by mid-January.

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