Feds to Texas: No Waiver on Testing in Grades 3-8

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Federal officials have refused to excuse Texas from standardized testing requirements for students in grades three through under the No Child Left Behind law.

The state Legislature recently approved a law easing testing for some elementary and middle school students.

It sought to exempt high-performing students on math and reading tests in grades three, five and eight from taking those tests in the fourth, sixth and seventh grades.

But the law required a waiver from No Child Left Behind rules mandating annual testing in grades through eight.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams wrote to the U.S. Department of Education in July, asking if those rules could be waved.

He announced late Monday that response was no such wavier would be issued.

That casts doubt on implementation of the new law.

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