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Education Department Extends New Mexico's NCLB Waiver

The U.S. Department of Education is allowing New Mexico to keep its No Child Left Behind Act waiver for the rest of the school year, continuing the trend of states having their waivers extended even if they haven't completely taken care of everything the department cited in its monitoring reports.

The Land of Enchantment addressed most of the Education Department's concerns with its waiver implementation. But the state still has to make sure districts report all the information they are required to on their school report cards.

Last week, New Jersey got an extension, even though that state needs to provide more information about how it is intervening in schools with big achievement gaps.

And it seems New Mexico is not eligible for a special, "thanks-for-staying-on-top-of-teacher-evaluation" four-year waiver renewal. (Nine states seem to be in this category.)

New Mexico's extension leaves just one state that has applied to keep its waiver left hanging: Louisiana. Anyone want to guess what the hold up is there? Raise your hand if you said academic standards!

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