Education Secretary Arne Duncan's plan to give schools a break from student-testing mandates in the federal No Child Left Behind law appears to be working in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
When the past school year began, four states were in danger of losing their waivers from aspects of the law. But only one has actually lost the flexibility Duncan began promoting in 2011: Washington.
The three others — Oregon, Kansas and Arizona — appear to be on the path to resolving their differences with the federal government.
The waivers are considered a temporary measure while Duncan works with Congress to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law.