West Virginia has received approval from the U.S. Department of Education to launch a new student achievement and school accountability system. The West Virginia Board of Education had sought permission to free West Virginia public schools from certain federal rules and deadlines to focus on improving learning and instruction. Those rules fell under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The waivers allow West Virginia to use its own accountability system to more effectively identify struggling schools and to efficiently direct resources to struggling schools.
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