State receives No Child Left Behind waiver

By WEEK Producer

April 18, 2014 Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 10:47 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- After more than two years of pushing, the state of Illinois has been given a waiver from some parts of the federal 'No Child Left Behind' law.

It will give the state more flexibility for setting education standards. It will also allow the state to use measures beyond test scores to judge school success.

Illinois applied for the waiver in 2012, but was not initially approved. Illinois now joins more than 40 states with similar deals.

Major groups and organizations have been calling for a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind since 2007.