MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S Department of Education has approved Vermont’s plan required for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The new education law replaced No Child Left Behind, and states were asked to submit state-level plans for charting student success to the federal government. Vermont Public Radio reports ( ) that both Vermont and Maine’s proposals were approved by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos late Thursday.

The final approval comes after Vermont was asked for more information on measuring student progress earlier this month.

The new Vermont plan will use testing to measure school quality like it did under the previous law. The state also will look at staffing, personal education plans, school climate, and how schools are spending tax dollars.

Information from: WVPS-FM,