COPY-Louisiana wins waiver from No Child Left Behind

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana has been granted a waiver from the hard-to-reach federal goals of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act.

That law requires that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. The waivers granted to Louisiana and seven other states on Tuesday allow them to fall short of that requirement without losing federal funds - provided they offer a viable alternative plan.

Louisiana education officials say they submitted a multi-faceted application including references to the state school accountability plan that factors in performance on the ACT college preparation exam and other tests.

Reacting to the federal approval Tuesday, state officials said policies outlined in the waiver request are designed to ensure all students are on track for a college degree or a professional career.

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