Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Tuesday that he has approved waivers for eight more states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island.
Nevada applied for a waiver in February. But officials say they are re-working the state’s application after receiving feedback from the U.S Department of Education. Nevada was not expecting to receive a waiver Tuesday.
The Obama administration is granting waivers in exchange for promises from states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students. In all, 19 states have been given waivers so far.
Officials say 26 states and Washington, D.C., applied for flexibility. The remaining applicants can still receive waivers.