WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coalition of education and civil rights activists says millions of at-risk students could fall through the cracks as a result of the Obama administration's decision to allow states to ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law.
The Campaign for High School Equity released a study Tuesday analyzing the impact of the waivers, which states got in exchange for plans to better prepare students for college or career. It says the department is not tracking at-risk students as carefully as before.
The Education Department has already warned Kansas, Oregon and Washington state that their exemptions are at risk for the 2014-15 academic year if the schools there don't deliver on their applications' promises.
The new rules have allowed almost 2,300 schools to shed their label of seriously troubled.
Advocates say Education Secretary Arne Duncan should make it harder for states to win waivers from the law.
Duncan says Congress needs to rewrite the law.