The Kansas State Board of Education is supporting three school districts that want to use an alternative to state approved tests.
The schools want to use tests from the group ACT to measure student performance instead of state assessments.
The districts are Clifton - Clyde, McPherson and Kansas City, Kansas.
The districts will have to apply to the federal government for a waiver to use the alternative tests.
The board voted unanimously Wednesday to support the request.
“This board strongly supports your school districts, strongly supports what your doing, strongly supports that you’re looking at your students first,” said Dave Dennis, the Board of Education Chair.
The districts are making the request for the 2012-2013 school year.
The districts have received some waivers to use alternative tests in recent years.