Indiana gains 3-year waiver from federal education law

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana has been given three more years of flexibility from requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Federal education officials on Thursday notified the Indiana Department of Education that they had approved a requested three-year extension of the waiver they had originally approved for the 2014-15 school year.

The waiver frees the state from some federal testing and school progress rules and lets Indiana keep greater control of how it spends about $230 million in federal education funding.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the waiver decision is welcome news. Ritz says she’ll keep seeking ways to cut the amount of time spent on student testing.

The Obama administration has approved waivers for most states and Indiana was among seven states that were granted waivers Thursday.

Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement:

I have made it a priority to ensure Indiana’s continued commitment to high standards and accountability on behalf of our students, and today’s announcement is great news for children, parents and teachers. I am very pleased that the U.S. Department of Education has again approved Indiana’s No Child Left Behind waiver.

The approval of Indiana’s waiver maintains the local control of education that school districts, teachers and Hoosier parents have come to expect. The federal Department of Education cites Indiana’s innovative, data-driven approaches to implement college and career ready goals for all Hoosier students, including those in low-performing schools. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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