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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Several Middle Tennessee school systems will be watched more closely by the state following the release of this year’s educational assessment scores.

Metro Nashville is the only mid-state system with schools that scored in the bottom five percent of all assessments. As a result, six metro schools are subject to state intervention.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education is preparing to revise teacher licensing standards.

The department says the revisions will be written in partnership with the state board, the Educational Testing Service and review teams consisting of teachers, district administrators and higher education faculty.

Department spokesperson Kelli Gauthier says the standards are past due for an update.

The Tennessee Department of Education is making some changes to a waiver that would allow the state to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Tennessee asked the federal government for the waiver back in July.

State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says Tennessee had little choice but to ask for relief from the law’s increasingly strict standards for yearly improvement in student test scores.  He says that nearly 80% of Tennessee schools will likely fail to meet federal standards in the current school year.