PIERRE - The South Dakota Board of Education Standards decided Monday to set a rules hearing on putting in place the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Congress approved Every Student Succeeds in 2015 under President Barack Obama. It replaced the federal No Child Left Behind system Congress passed in 2001 under President George W. Bush.

State Department of Education officials have described ESSA as offering more flexibility in measuring schools and students.

NCLB's main goal was all students should be proficient at their grade levels in math and reading. That included special education students.

Under NCLB, schools had to show adequate yearly progress. Their staffs could be fired for repeatedly failing.

Standardized tests will continue to be used statewide.

The South Dakota hearing will be May 8 in Vermillion. The board will announce a specific time.