February 9th, 2012
09:20 AM ET
(CNN) - Ten states are being granted waivers to free them from parts of the No Child Left Behind law, a White House official told CNN Thursday.
President Barack Obama will make the announcement Thursday, saying that the states "that have agreed to implement bold reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the most burdensome mandates of No Child Left Behind," the official said.
The states are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
They will no longer have to meet 2014 targets set by the law.
"In exchange for this flexibility, states have agreed to raise standards, improve accountability, and undertake essential reforms to improve teacher effectiveness," the official said.
New Mexico also requested such flexibility, and the Obama administration is working closely with that state, the official said. Another 28 states, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., have indicated plans to also seek such flexibility, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement.