La. gets break from 'No Child Left Behind' rules
NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials have again granted Louisiana a waiver from compliance with the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law.
In 2011, the Education Department announced that states could petition for waivers from No Child Left Behind's ambitious requirements, such as having all students read at grade level by 2014 or else risk their federal funding.
In exchange states pledged to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.
The U.S. Department of Education said Monday that Louisiana has implemented reforms that go above and beyond the law's requirements. They praised the state's use of former teachers, principals and superintendents in teams developed to help school districts with various aspects of teacher improvement, curriculum development and programs to put students on paths to college or careers.