Zais will ask feds to let SC rely on own system

Superintendent Mick Zais / FILE

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's new education accountability system will look a lot like the system that has been in place for years if the U.S. Education Department lets South Carolina opt out of No Child Left Behind.

State Education Department spokesman Jay Ragley said Monday that Superintendent Mick Zais' application for an alternative way to evaluate student and school performance will be based on the state system that predates the 2001 federal law.

President Obama is allowing states to seek a waiver of the stringent requirements of No Child Left Behind, which requires that every child in America test proficient on state-standardized tests by 2014.

Ragley says Zais hopes to apply by mid-November.

Teachers' advocate Kathy Maness says she hopes the waiver will allow teachers to be more creative.

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