MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama school leaders are thinking about asking the federal government for a special exception to freeze standardized test benchmarks at their current level.
The Press-Register newspaper reports that without this exception, the state would see a sharp increase in the number of students who have to pass the tests to meet the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.
Other states have applied for waivers from the requirements. But the federal government requires waiver applicants to submit a formal plan for continuing to prepare and evaluate students. If Alabama is granted an exception, it won't have to come up with such a plan.
No Child Left Behind requires that 100 percent of students be at grade level for reading and math by 2014.
Alabama announced in August that 27 percent of its public schools weren't meeting the standards.