- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona will get flexibility from some requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.

Federal officials notified state Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal by letter that Arizona’s request for a one-year extension of flexibility was approved. Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah also received extensions.

The legislation, also known as the 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.

Chris Kotterman, the Arizona Department of Education’s deputy director of government relations, said schools will be able to maintain their current programs through the 2014-15 school year.

Some of the implemented reforms include assisting underperforming disabled students and an initiative to assess whether students are prepared for college.

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards was the name issued by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer for state education standards taken from Common Core. Brewer renamed the standards after an outcry from conservatives last year. Brewer has tried to defuse criticism and has said that Arizona is acting independently from the federal government.

Federal officials declared Arizona a high-risk state in November 2013 for failing to meet various No Child Left Behind requirements to qualify for flexibility in adopting the standards.

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