In September, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) offered each State educational agency (SEA) the opportunity to request flexibility on behalf of itself and its local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. This voluntary opportunity provided educators and State and local leaders with flexibility from certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction. Each SEA that received approval of an ESEA flexibility request it submitted in Window 1 (November, 2011) or Window 2 (February, 2012) may request an extension of the waivers it received through ESEA flexibility for two additional school years, through the 2015–2016 school year.
ESEA Flexibility Guidance for Renewal Process for Windows 1 and 2 SEAsGuidance WORD (307KB)
ESEA Renewal Form for Windows 1 and 2 SEAsRenewal Form WORD (177KB)