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Media: HuffPost Education Page Editor

Emmeline zhao Meet Emmeline Zhao, the HuffPost associate editor in charge of the site's education page.  Graduated from Duke ('11).  Worked at the WSJ.  Can translate Chinese dissidents' Twitter updates. Twitter (313).  Currently on the front page:  Montana Reaches Compromise With Government On NCLB, and Billionaire Brothers And The Racial And Economic Battle Over Wake County Schools. Corection: Zhao graduated in '11 not '10.

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So...what the Montana situation tells me is that many states may not need waivers to do some of what they want. If they can re-set proficiency goals, they will be identifying fewer schools as "needing improvement." Essentially, the position of the Education Department right now is that if a state adopts new standards (not clear on whether this applies to new assessments, which some states have also done) it can re-set its proficiency goals/achievement targets. That's pretty interesting, and it's not clear how it jibes with the overall requirement for 100% proficiency by 2013-2014. Without some documentation on what Montana gets to do, there are more questions than answers. But with school year 2011-12 beginning, that gives Montana - and all states - 3 years to get to 100% - and their goals have to say as much.

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