Illinois Among States Asking for Break on No Child Rules

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Asking the U.S. Department of Education to ease regulations governing how test scores are analyzed would make it easier for some schools to show improvement.

In Illinois, for example, the number of poor-performing schools would drop by about 25 percent if just one of the proposed modifications was applied to last year's test results.

Gail Lieberman, special assistant to the Illinois superintendent of education, says the proposed change isn't an attempt to get around the poor-performing label.

Lieberman says instead it will help education officials determine which schools need the most improvement, so they can focus their education.