Florida granted 1-year No Child Left Behind waiver

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The Obama administration is granting Florida a one-year extension of its No Child Left Behind waiver.

The waiver will give Florida flexibility from certain parts of the federal act in exchange for a state-specific accountability plan.

No Child Left Behind has been due for reauthorization since 2007, but Congress has not been able to agree on what changes should be made.

In turn, the U.S. Department of Education began granting states relief from the act that required all students to test proficient in math and reading by 2014.

Under the waiver, Florida has streamlined plans for its lowest performing schools and focused attention on the state’s most vulnerable students.

Florida was one of five states granted a waiver extension Thursday. The others are Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Wisconsin.