The Department of Education gave several states the opportunity to freeze their goals for student proficiency under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), for one year if their waiver did not come in time for the start of the school year or while they continue working on their waiver applications. The states given permission to freeze their goals for one year are Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, and West Virginia. The Department also approved waivers for two additional states – Washington and Wisconsin. That brings the total of states that have approved waivers to 26, meaning that over half of the states are not subject to the accountability system of NCLB. These states have had to adopt education reforms to improve student learning in order to obtain waivers. A complete list of where states stand in the waiver process is available on the Department’s website.