Three Kansas school districts have received some but not all of the waivers they sought from the No Child Left Behind federal education law.
The Kansas Department of Education said the McPherson, Kansas City, Kan., and Clifton-Clyde districts won't have to use state exams to test eighth-grade and high-school students in reading, math and science. The U.S. Department of Education will allow them to track the academic progress of its older students using the ACT college entrance exam and another test designed for younger students called ACT EXPLORE.
Federal officials won't allow the districts to use alternative exams for third- to seventh-grade students. The districts wanted to use a combination of the EXLORE and another exam called the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress to show their younger students were making academic gains.
The state Board of Education asked federal officials to reconsider their refusal, but learned last week that the appeal had been rejected.