Topeka Kansas isn't among the latest five states granted relief from a No Child Left Behind requirement that all students test proficient in math and science by 2014.
Federal officials said Friday that they are continuing to review Kansas' application and those of 12 other states.
Kansas education department administrator Judi Miller told the state Board of Education earlier this month that federal officials have approved parts of the state's application.
One sticking point has been a plan to allow Kansas schools the option of showing progress through an index that awards points for pushing students to a higher level on a five-part scale. Federal officials fear it could mask problems.
The waivers are considered a stopgap measure until Congress acts to update the decade-old law.