CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia education officials are seeking a reprieve from the federal education accountability law better known as No Child Left Behind.
The West Virginia Department of Education said it submitted the waiver request with the U.S. Department of Education this week.
When announcing plans to seek a waiver in February, state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple said it would give the state the flexibility to offer a well-rounded curriculum that will not focus on standardized test scores. Marple wants to develop a new accountability system that would measure each student’s growth from the beginning of the school year to the end.
The federal education law aims for all children to meet grade-level reading and math standards by 2014. Each year, schools must meet increasingly higher benchmarks.