West Virginia has won some limited freedom from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.
Federal officials say the state can start using its own system to identify struggling schools and devote resources to improve them.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state education officials heralded the waiver Monday.
The federal law aims for all children to meet grade-level reading and math standards by 2014. It also places great focus on standardized test scores. West Virginia sought its own accountability system that would measure each student’s growth throughout the school year.
State Board of Education President Wade Linger said the waiver delivers more power over schools to the county level. State Schools Superintendent Jim Phares said it will help parents keep tabs on school quality.