The U.S. Department of Education recently approved Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension of its No Child Left Behind waiver.

Kentucky was first granted flexibility from some of the federal education requirements in 2012. That waiver has allowed the state to use its current accountability system for both state and federal purposes.

The new waiver will continue allowing the Kentucky Department of Education department to move forward with other parts of its accountability system, including its new teacher evaluation system being implemented this year, and new science standards.

As WFPL reported, KDE officials expected to receive a waiver this time around.

Since 2011, 43 states, have requested NCLB waivers, according to KDE. Kentucky is one of 18 states that have been granted an extension to date. It’s been years since the NCLB law was re-authorized and some criticize it as being outdated.