TOPEKA — The federal government should allow Kansas schools to stop chasing an "elusive" goal of having 100 percent of students fare well on state tests by 2014, said the chairman of the State Board of Education.
David Dennis, R-Wichita, sent a letter earlier this month to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan seeking a waiver from some of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind education law.
He said Friday that it's time to focus on a system that works.
"I don't think anyone ever thought it was doable," Dennis said. "If they did, I don't think they understand the reality."
It's getting tougher to comply with the federal law because the percentage of students required to meet grade-level standards is increasing rapidly each year as 2014 approaches.
Already, 254 out of 1,380 Kansas schools aren't hitting the target.
The letter is being reviewed; Kansas has requested a response by May.