The U.S. Department of Education has granted an extension on Wyoming's request for a flexibility waiver of the No Child Left Behind standards.
Wyoming was one of three states who applied for waivers by the Feb. 28 deadline for the fourth — and possibly last — application window.
Eleven states still have applications pending and 34 states, plus the District of Columbia, have won waivers. Three states — Vermont, Montana and Nebraska — are sitting out the process altogether.
The extension allows Wyoming to revise its request by April 15.
The waiver request seeks release from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is often referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act.
"This gives us a significant amount of time to flesh out and draft a more comprehensive response that is substantially more approvable," said Dr. David Holbrook, the Wyoming Department of Education's Federal Programs Unit Director.
He said the extension also allows people in Wyoming to comment and make suggestions for the process.
Without a waiver, every student in Wyoming would have to score at the proficient level or higher on the 2014 statewide PAWs tests. If every student didn't meet that standard, schools could face budget restrictions, Holbrook said.
He added that he hopes the U.S. Department of Education will make a decision on the waiver request in time for the 2013-14 school year.