By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

The education law known as No Child Left Behind has some new flexibility, President Barack Obama announced today, in that states can now opt out of some of the law's elements if they meet certain requirements.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act's Flexibility program will allow states to receive waivers protecting them from federal sanctions if their schools do not perform up to the law's standards.

Ultimately, Obama said in a statement, the changes are meant to free troubled schools to find ways other than standardized testing to raise achievement levels in their classrooms, if those schools do not meet the law's rigorous standards.  "The purpose is not to give states and districts a reprieve from accountability, but rather to unleash energy to improve our schools at the local level," he said.

(image via: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/)

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