State tests and Sandy Hook students

The State Board of Education Wednesday voted to relieve Sandy Hook Elementary School students from taking a battery of state standardized tests over the next several weeks.

The General Assembly is expected to vote on the waiver request as early as today, Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told the state board. An official at the U.S. Department of Education has informed Pryor the department will grant the waiver request.

Pryor said he has told the school district that the children at Sandy Hook should not begin taking the tests, which are a requirement of federal No Child Left Behind laws.