No Child Left Behind Act

North Carolina has received final approval from the federal government for its plan to comply with the "No Child Left Behind" Act.

Governor Easley says North Carolina is one of only 12 states to receive approval.

Easley issued a statement today saying the plan maintains the state's high standards for students and includes tough new accountability measures. He says while it's been suggested that the federal accountability plan would lead states to lower standards, North Carolina has taken the opposite approach.

He says national exams in fourth and eighth grade math have shown North Carolina ranking eighth and 13th nationally. The state is leading the Southeast.

Easley also says that because of a reduction in federal funding, the act leaves states shorthanded when it comes to addressing educational needs.

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