JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri is among five states granted waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind requirement that all students be able to do math and reading at grade level by 2014.
Instead, Missouri education officials will track schools' progress by relying on a state-developed school accreditation system. The latest version is designed to ensure all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
Critics have claimed the No Child Left Behind law would eventually make all schools fail. Under the law, schools that miss annual targets and receive federal Title I funds for serving children from economically disadvantaged families face increasing consequences. The targets are becoming tougher to meet as 2014 approaches.
Other waiver recipients announced Friday are Arkansas, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia.