- Associated Press - Friday, August 7, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal officials have granted a one-year extension of a waiver that exempts Arizona from some provisions of the No Child Left Behind law that covers public schools.

The extension announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education gives the state more time to implement its plans to ensure student success and new Common Core school standards.

The government cited the state’s efforts to improve student performance in the lowest performing schools. Those efforts include trying to increase family engagement, assess the needs of schools and setting performance targets for the worst-performing schools and students. Extra support is tailored to the needs of the individual schools.

The waiver frees the state from rules that required double-testing of some high-performing students and extends through the coming school year.

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