Washington state's waiver from part of the federal No Child Left Behind law may hinge on one three-letter word. Under state law, statewide test scores "can" be a factor in teacher evaluations. To keep its waiver, the state must change "can" to "must," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, though another official said there is more to it than changing a word. The state Legislature is expected to take up the wording in January.

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