Virginia education officials are planning to seek a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law, now that President Barack Obama is allowing states to waive basic elements of the Bush-era school reform act.
The Commonwealth's Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says that Virginia expects to seek exemptions from certain aspects of the federal law, but that the state already has high standards.
Wright says the waiver application will likely be submitted in February.
Under Obama's plan, states can ask the Department of Education to be exempted from some of the conditions of the federal law, including a requirement that all children show they are proficient in reading and math by 2014.
States would need to meet conditions such as setting standards for preparing students for college and careers.