KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Three Kansas school districts have
received some of the waivers they sought from the No Child Left
Behind federal education law.
The state says the McPherson, Kansas City and Clifton-Clyde
districts won't have to use state tests for its eighth-grade and
high-school students. Federal education officials will allow them
to track the academic progress of older students using the ACT
college entrance exam and another test designed for younger
students called ACT EXPLORE.
The state asked federal officials to reconsider their decision
to bar the districts from using alternative exams for their younger
students. But the state learned last week that the appeal was
McPherson was granted a similar waiver last year, although it
allowed the district to use the EXPLORE exam for sixth- and