US education department grants 1-year extension of Arkansas' waiver for No Child Left Behind

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The U.S. Department of Education has granted Arkansas a one-year extension of the state's waiver from provisions of the No Child Left Behind law.

Arkansas' waiver was set to expire this summer. The extension, which was announced Thursday, relaxes a federal requirement that 100 percent of students score at grade level on state math and literacy tests by the end of the most recent school year.

Instead, Arkansas' achievement goals vary by each school. Annette Barnes with the Arkansas Department of Education says she was "relieved" to receive the extension for the existing waiver. She tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) that schools could have been penalized if the state hadn't received the waiver.

The U.S. Education Department also announced extensions Thursday for Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, South Dakota and Virginia.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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