NM gets flexibility from US education law

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – The U.S. Department of Education is granting New Mexico flexibility from some requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Federal officials notified Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera by letter Friday that New Mexico’s request for a one-year extension of flexibility was approved.

Assistant Education Secretary Deborah Delisle says flexibility from provisions has been effective in allowing the state to carry out reforms to improve student achievement.

Some of the reforms include the New Mexico Public Education Department conducting data reviews to support low-performing schools.

The extension will last through the 2014-2015 school year.

The ESEA, also known as No Child Left Behind law, expired in 2007. The Obama administration allowed states to apply for waivers from some provisions in exchange for proposals for improving student achievement.

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