"These states have joined in a nationwide movement toward state-led education reform now embraced by 24 states," says Secretary Arne Duncan. "Their plans are the product of bold, forward thinking state and local leaders who have moved beyond the tired old battles and partisan bickering to roll their sleeves and start working together."
Duncan pointed out that many of the new state-created accountability systems capture more students at risk, including low-income students, students with disabilities, and English learners, adding, "States must show they are protecting children in order to get flexibility. These states met that bar."
This brings the number of states approved to 24, while 13 additonal applications are still being reviewed. Other states can still apply.