Nebraska education officials may change course and seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
The Nebraska Board of Education hasn't made its decision yet, but department staffers are trying to determine whether the state standards for students and the development of an accountability system could make a waiver from the No Child Left Behind requirements more feasible. The law requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and math by this year.
More than 40 states and Washington, D.C., have waivers. Nebraska officials say they originally found that the waiver requirements would have been as burdensome as the No Child Left Behind requirements. But when the No Child Left Behind law is reauthorized, it likely will include many of the waiver provisions.