New Mexico wins federal education waiver

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Gov. Susana Martinez says the federal government’s decision to extend New Mexico’s waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements validates the education reforms implemented by her administration.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Tuesday that New Mexico and four other states have received four-year renewals of their waivers.

Federal officials say states needed a new round of waivers given that Congress has yet to overhaul the law. The waivers provide more flexibility as the states continue with changes aimed at giving students high-quality educations.

Martinez tells The Associated Press that New Mexico’s graduation rates have improved in recent years and more young students are reading at their respective grade levels.

New Mexico previously received an “on track” designation from federal officials for changes that included using student test scores to help evaluate teachers.

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