Well, tonight we learn that Duncan is saying New York is one of two states that is not eligible for that "flexibility."
This is a report from Capital NY and it's behind the paywall so I have no more details than this from State of Politics:
New York is one of two states not eligible for new “flexibility” policies announced by the federal government to help states transitioning to the Common Core standards.
How about that?
Duncan says testing is sucking the oxygen out of the classroom, taking the joy out of education, and therefore waiver states get another year before they have to link teacher evaluations to test scores.
Except for New York and one other state - they have to use test scores in teacher evaluations or have their No Child Left Behind waivers taken from them.
More on this as details come in.