Indiana gets 3-year waiver from No Child Left Behind

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 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.

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