Wash. Updates U.S. on "No Child Left Behind" Waiver
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington state took another step this week toward saying goodbye to the federal "No Child Left Behind" law.
The U.S. Department of Education gave Washington a conditional waiver in July from some requirements of the federal education law, including the need for every student to pass statewide math and reading tests by 2014.
State education officials on Wednesday mailed an update on their progress toward meeting those conditions, and on Thursday had a discussion with U.S. Department of Education officials.
State officials are optimistic Washington will climb all the steps required by the federal government.
Washington is one of a handful of states that still needs to fulfill some conditions to make their waivers permanent. The Department has already granted waivers to more than 30 states.