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Virginia is working on revised education requirements that officials say are more realistic for schools and students.
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Virginia is working on revised education requirements that officials say are more realistic for schools and students.

Virginia education officials are working on the commonwealth's two-year waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind school accountability requirements.

In exchange for the waiver, the Associated Press reports that Virginia must implement accountability plans that set new targets for raising student achievement, advancing teacher effectiveness and improving the performance of low-performing schools. New targets also must be set for preparing students for careers and college.

Charles Pyle, a spokesperson with the Virginia Department of Education, says the standards Virginia is setting are more realistic than No Child Left Behind, which requires all students to reach grade level proficiency by 2014.

"We will continue to hold schools accountable for raising the achievement of all students and narrowing achievement gaps, but at the same time having more reality based objectives for these schools to meet," says Pyle.

Pyle says the biggest initial project is developing ways to track student progress.

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