MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont State Board of Education is taking a stance against the testing policies of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The board is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to amend the act "to reduce testing mandates."

The Rutland Herald reports ( ) that the board’s statement, which was approved at a recent meeting, follows a letter from Vermont’s education secretary to parents earlier this month stating that the "broken NCLB policy" has resulted in nearly every school in the state being identified as low-performing.

Board members say the statement came out of several months of study and talks.

The federal statute enacted in 2001 requires standardized testing of students in grades three through eight and in high school.