Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Terry Holliday was on the stage with President Barack Obama on Friday morning to announce a new waiver program for the 2001 federal No Child Left Behind law.
The program means, among other things, that states will not have to set targets to have all children reach proficiency on the federal test by 2014.
In exchange, Kentucky and other states will have to make "serious state-led efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability and ensure that all students are on track to graduate college- and career-ready," Gross said in a news release.
During the announcement, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arnie Duncan said the program is open and states have seven weeks to apply for the waiver.
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The first round of waivers may be announced in December or January, according to a release.
Kentucky does plan to apply, Gross said. "We are going to get there as quick as we can."
After the announcement, Holliday said in a news release that while NCLB "had the right vision, it's time to revisit the measure system required by the law."
The focus will remain on reaching proficiency and closing achievement gaps, but "we need to move toward additional focus on student academic growth and college (and) career readiness," Holliday said.