Massachusetts was among 11 states on Monday that filed waivers seeking relief from some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. In exchange, state officials are proposing a new accountability system they say is more flexible and will require public schools to raise achievement over the next six years. Under the plan, schools would be required to reduce by half the number of students who are not proficient in English, math and science by 2017 or face stricter state oversight.

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