NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has received a one-year extension of its waiver freeing it from some requirements of the No Child Left Behind education reform act.

The extension was announced Friday by the Obama administration and will last through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, third from left, at a cabinet meeting with President Barack Obama Friday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the extension allows states to continue to implement reforms developed to improve student achievement.

His department says New Jersey has put several changes in place that go beyond the federal requirements. That includes developing student growth measures for teachers in non-tested grades and subjects.

Forty-three states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, currently have waivers. The department says it's reviewing extension requests on a rolling basis and has granted them to 30 states since July 3.


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