Massachusetts and Rhode Island are among six states that have been granted a one-year extension from certain provisions of the No Child Left behind Act.
The U.S. Department of Education says the states were granted the extension because they have already implemented education reforms that go beyond the law's requirements.
The federal government grants waivers from parts of the law to qualified states in exchange for state-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for students, close achievement gaps, increase equity and improve the quality of instruction.
The one-year extension allows the states to continue moving forward on the work they began with their initial flexibility requests.
Among other reasons, Massachusetts and Rhode island were credited for their college and career-ready standards.
The other states are Arizona, Missouri, Oregon and Utah.