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 with an approved request that will expire at the end of the 2014–2015 school year may request a three-year renewal of ESEA flexibility, through the 2017–2018 school year.
Letter to Chief State School Officers(November 13, 2014)
ESEA Flexibility Guidance for Renewal ProcessGuidance WORD (60 KB)
ESEA Renewal FormRenewal Form WORD (142 KB)