The federal government has approved Maine’s request for a two-year reprieve from federal education requirements. The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that Maine will receive a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act. Maine’s Education Department heralded the waiver as a chance for the state to implement its own education reforms. The department says that Maine will be able to use federal money for the schools most in need with the aim of reducing the number of non-proficient students and closing achievement gaps. Maine will place schools in five categories: priority, focus, monitor, progressing and meeting. The department says that will allow the grading of schools on progress instead of just proficiency. The federal government has now approved waiver requests from 40 states and D.C.