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No Child Left Behind waiver to be sought

By Staff | Aug 17, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia plans to seek a waiver from key aspects of the No Child Left Behind law, which could free hundreds of schools from federal sanctions.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Aug. 8 that waivers would be available under certain conditions.

State Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple says that West Virginia would “be in the same boat as a lot of other states’ in not meeting a 2014 deadline for standardized test scores. The law’s provisions increase testing benchmarks.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro says scores on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test would have to increase 20 percent each year if the state wants to meet the 2014 deadline.