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Nevada Won't Be Penalized After 2015 Common Core Testing Mishap

Nevada won't face any federal penalties following its Common Core testing meltdown last year that left most students in the state unable to finish their annual mandated exam.

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday gave Nevada a rare exemption from the federal mandate requiring at least 95 percent of students to participate in an annual statewide test.

The state requested the waiver in January after releasing the limited test scores that it cautioned were likely invalid.

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The exemption signals an end to financial uncertainty that has hung over the state for nearly a year, after the U.S. Department of Education warned that it intended to hold states accountable for not meeting the mandate tied to millions of dollars in federal funding.

The state eventually gave school districts an out after days of delays and system crashes, requiring them to instead document at least two attempts in lieu of completing the test.