The U.S. Department of Education has given Minnesota a one-year extension on its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Under the 2001 accountability law, struggling schools are labeled as failing, and face potential financial penalties. Minnesota's 2012 waiver let the state put an alternative accountability system in place that ranks schools based on multiple measures, not just test scores, and gives the state more flexibility to help schools.
That allows the state to help struggling schools, not just penalize them, said Charlene Briner, chief of staff at the Minnesota Department of Education.
Last year Minnesota education officials said more than two dozen struggling schools improved their performance under Minnesota's alternative to No Child Left Behind.