Monday, November 21, 2011

11 States Submit NCLB/ESEA Waiver Requests

Last week, the Department of Education announced that 11 states have submitted formal requests for waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provisions. These waivers, which were announced in September, will provide states with flexibility in meeting NCLB/ESEA standards so long as the states develop plans that aim to improve student achievement while Congress continues to work on ESEA reauthorization. Specifically, states must develop plans that address three key areas:

  • Transition to college and career ready standards and assessments
  • Developing systems of differentiated recognition, accountability and support
  • Evaluating and supporting teacher and principal effectiveness.

For more information about these three areas, please click here. The 11 formal requests, as well as a list of the December 2011 peer reviewers, can be found here

In addition to the 11 states that have submitted formal requests, 28 additional states have identified their intent to seek flexibility for the February 2011 round of reviews.

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