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Tenn. may soon get requested school test waiver

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's request for a waiver to use its reformed education standards to measure schools instead of those mandated by No Child Left Behind is falling in line with a plan by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Duncan says he will announce a new waiver system Monday to give schools a break from student testing mandates in the federal law.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced his request last month. State officials said at the time they didn't know what the response would be.

Duncan has warned that 82% of U.S. schools could be labeled failures next year if No Child Left Behind is not changed. Education experts have questioned that estimate, but state officials report a growing number of schools facing sanctions under the law.

Duncan is scheduled to be in Nashville this week for a round table discussion with school administrators in rural counties.

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