President Barack Obama will release U.S. states from strict parts of the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind education reform law, the White House said.
The new program, which Obama is expected to announce at 10:15 a.m. EDT Friday, would permit states seeking waivers from the law's most onerous requirements to come up with their own plans to bring struggling students up to par while evaluating teachers and principals on their performance, senior administration officials said.
The new plans and evaluations would still need to be linked to student test results and other performance measures, and students would still need to be considered ready for college or a career, the officials said.
It's expected Obama will also allow waivers from the law's requirement that 100 percent of students test at grade level in reading and math by 2014 -- which many educators say is unrealistic.
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