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Maryland To Apply For No Child Left Behind Waiver

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Education officials in Maryland are expected to apply for a waiver from the most rigid requirements of the No Child Left Behind education law.

The Baltimore Sun reports the waiver request is expected to be filed Monday. If it is granted, Maryland schools would be measured not just on how all students perform but also on specific groups, including minorities and special education students.

The state’s application says schools should cut their achievement gaps in half during the next six years. The goals would be more reasonable than the current law. It says every student in the country should be proficient in reading and math by 2014.

Mary Gable, assistant state superintendent of academic policy, says each school will be giving individual goals to meet in six years.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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