Waiver on No Child Left Behind law for Tennessee, Georgia and 8 other states

photo In this Sept. 23, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about No Child Left Behind Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington. In its initial review of No Child Left Behind waiver requests, the U.S. Department of Education highlighted a similar weakness in nearly every application: States did not do enough to ensure schools would be held accountable for the performance of all students. The Obama administration praised the states for their high academic standards. But nearly every application was critiqued for being loose on setting high goals and, when necessary, interventions, for all student groups _ including minorities, the disabled and low-income _ or failing to create sufficient incentives to close the achievement gap.