The Informer reports that the Office of the State Superintendent of Education is seeking a waiver for the 2014 performance requirements put in place by the Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act:

OSSE spokesman Brandon Frazier said that the District applied for a waiver for several reasons.

He said what OSSE wants to convey in its waiver is that there are several different ways to measure student performance. Frazier also said that having flexibility with NCLB provides schools latitude to show what they are doing well, to have the opportunity to put their best foot forward and to show growth that’s been made over the past 10 years as well as on an annual basis.

“What we’re trying to do, is to emphasize what’s working and to not have that fall by the wayside at the expense of what isn’t,” Frazier said. “There are so many different metrics, and NCLB restricts and doesn’t really allow schools to show the things that they’re doing well.”

Passed in 2001, NCLB required that students in all states be proficient in science and math by 2014. Back in February, multiple outlets reported that 10 states received waivers. According to the Informer, 28 more, including Maryland and Virginia, appear to be in the process of asking for one.