Maine seeking waiver on education law

Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 1:19 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is seeking an exemption to the federal No Child Left Behind law that will include a different way to measure student progress.

The Kennebec Journal in Augusta says the state Education Department will submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education once a different framework can be developed.

Government officials at all levels say the federal education law mandating how students’ academic ability is measured should be improved. Congress didn’t rewrite the law before the coming school year, so some states are requesting exemptions from certain provisions of it.

Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen says the state and school leaders plan to put together “a more flexible system that uses multiple indicators of student achievement.”