The U.S. Education Department on Monday gave Montana leeway to reset its academic-proficiency targets under No Child Left Behind to allow 155 more schools to make "adequate yearly progress" this year. Rather than granting a waiver, the Education Department is allowing the state to revise its own targets -- an option the state did not take advantage off when it last revised academic standards in 2005 -- in a deal similar to one given to Idaho last month. Details are expected next month regarding a waiver process that will allow states to avoid NCLB penalties by adopting certain reforms.

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