Mississippi will be one of seven states to receive another three years of flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.

“The three-year waiver is great news for our schools and districts. We are working to improve academic achievement in Mississippi through continued implementation of high standards that prepare students for college or direct entry into the workforce and through the development of rigorous assessments that measures progress toward these learning goals,” state superintendent of education Dr. Carey Wright said in a statement. “We remain committed to ensuring every student has the opportunity to reach proficiency in English language arts and Mathematics.”
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