The U.S. Department of Education has granted the state another waiver from the national education school accountability law called No Child Left Behind.
The state first received a waiver in 2012 and was granted a one-year extension last year. This new extension, announced Tuesday, is for another four years, through the 2018-19 school year.
Reauthorization of the federal law is years overdue. Lacking a rewritten law, most states have asked for and received waivers from No Child Left Behind.
The original law required all students to be proficient in English and math by 2014. The state waiver has a more relaxed standard, setting Annual Measurable Objectives for student subgroups. The waiver also eliminated sanctions on schools.