Published Online: February 15, 2013

Wash. updates US on 'No Child Left Behind' waiver

SEATTLE (AP) — This week, Washington state took another step toward saying goodbye to the federal "No Child Left Behind" law.

In July, the U.S. Department of Education gave Washington a conditional waiver from some requirements of the federal education law, including the need for every child to pass statewide reading and math tests by 2014.

On Wednesday, state education officials mailed an update on their progress toward meeting those conditions. And on Thursday had a conversation with U.S. Department of Education officials.

Nothing is final, but state officials are optimistic Washington will climb all the steps required by the federal government.

More than 30 states have been granted waivers and Washington is one of a handful that still needs to fulfill some conditions to make their waivers permanent.

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