The U.S. Department of Education has invited each State educational agency (SEA) to request flexibility regarding specific requirements of 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.
- 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Bureau of Indian Education submitted requests for ESEA flexibility
- 43 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are approved for ESEA flexibility (see the list of peer reviewers)
State Requests and Related Documents
Support and Technical Assistance for States
ESEA Flexibility One-Year Extension Accountability Addendum to Flexibility Request and Sample Addendum
Amendment Submissions Process and Template
Field Testing and Teacher and Principal Evaluation Flexibility
Graduation Rates & ESEA Flexibility
Monitoring Process and Documents
Report Card Guidance for SEAs and LEAs (Assistant Secretary's letter)
Technical Assistance Initiative
Transitioning from ESEA Flexibility to ESEA
For more see Additional Support and Technical Assistance
Information For Communities
Looking Back and Moving Forward (NCLB & ESEA Flexibility)
Supporting State and Local Progress (Principles of ESEA Flexibility)
What ESEA Flexibility Means for Students, Teachers and Parents
ESEA Flexibility Submission Documents
- ESEA Flexibility Request
Submission Windows 1 and 2 (September 23, 2011-February 28, 2012)
Submission Window 3 (February 29, 2012-September 6, 2012)
If you have questions regarding ESEA flexibility that are not answered in the attached documents, or as SEA teams you would like to schedule a time to speak with Department staff about ESEA flexibility requests, please contact us at ESEAflexiblity@ed.gov.
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