South Dakota education officials expect to get a waiver this month from the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Law.
The Obama administration is allowing states to seek exemptions from the 2002 law's requirements if they develop alternative standards for schools. Nearly 20 states have received waivers so far. If South Dakota's plan is approved before July 1, the state can implement it by fall, according to media reports.
The waivers are considered a stopgap until Congress updates the Bush-era law. They allow states relief from a one-size-fits-all model that says every student should be proficient in math and reading tests by 2014. In its place, states are crafting their own programs that use multiple measures to evaluate school quality and setting unique annual goals for their K-12 schools.