ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The United States Department of Education has approved New York's plan to comply with the new federal education law.

The New York plan was among 11 state plans approved by federal officials this week. The plans are required under the Every Student Succeeds Act that replaced No Child Left Behind.

New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Wednesday that approval of the plan submitted in September will ensure that New York continues to receive about $1.6 billion in annual federal funding for its elementary and high schools.

She says the plan includes new accountability measures that go beyond test scores, and improves supports for sub-groups of students, including immigrant and homeless youth.

Advocacy group High Achievement New York says it's important that schools and parents understand the revised performance indicators.

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