Two NCEO researchers to be waiver judges for No Child Left Behind
Martha Thurlow, director of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO), and Rachel Quenemoen, senior research fellow, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to join a group of 21 education-policy experts who will evaluate states' No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver requests. In September, President Obama announced a process for states to apply for waivers to NCLB in exchange for adopting a series of educational reforms. Read more on this in the Star Tribune and Education Week.
Thurlow and Quenemoen (pictured far right) are nationally recognized leaders in educational assessment and innovation for students with disabilities. Thurlow has worked at the University for more than four decades and was part of the team that founded NCEO in 1990. Quenemoen has worked for 30 years as an educational sociologist focused on research to practice efforts, from local, regional, state, and national positions, specializing in building consensus and capacity among practitioners and policymakers. Participation on the panel recognizes their efforts in improving outcomes for students with disabilities in the context of a strong public education system.