W.Va. to share plans on possible NCLB waiver

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia will seek a reprieve from the federal education accountability law better known as No Child Left Behind.

State Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple announced Monday that the waiver 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 state plans to release a draft of the accountability system in May for public comment. The state expects to file its waiver application with the U.S. Department of Education by September.

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.

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