Tennessee officials want to develop their own standards for measuring student progress because those mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind law no longer are useful and reform of the law is stalled in Washington. Gov. Bill Haslam said only half of the state's schools will show the annual yearly progress required under the law, despite progress in many areas. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says 82% of schools will be deemed failing next year if the law isn't changed.

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