BOISE, Idaho -- The state Board of Education signed off on Idaho's plan to reject the latest requirements for determining school progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Trustee voted 4-2 during a special meeting Friday to approve the proposal from public schools chief Tom Luna.

Last month, Luna told the U.S. Department of Education that Idaho would not comply with the latest benchmarks under No Child Left Behind, or sanction schools that don't meet these higher testing goals. The agency responded Wednesday, saying Idaho could keep its current benchmarks for another year.

Other states have balked at the No Child Left Behind requirements, saying they set unrealistic benchmarks for schools.

Luna says an additional 150 schools in Idaho would move into the needs improvement category if the benchmarks are increased.

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