Tennessee and Kentucky were among 10 states to receive educational waivers, to opt out of the No Child Left Behind education law.
President Barack Obama agreed to allow the states to opt out of the requirements in exchange for a promise to still make strides to improve teaching methods.
Under the deal, states must show a plan is in place to prepare students for either college or a career field, continue to work towards closing the achievement gap among all students.
The law sought to get all students proficient in core classes like math and reading by 2014, a goal President Obama acknowledged being far fetching since he believed the law needed to be updated and fixed.
About 28 other states will reportedly opt out of the education law, which was passed about 10 years ago during the Bush Administration in an effort to help minority students in low incomes homes improve test scores.