ESEA Flexibility Renewal

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.

Renewal Letter


ESEA Flexibility Guidance for Renewal Process

[download files] Guidance WORD (60 KB)

Renewal Form

ESEA Renewal Form

[download files] Renewal Form WORD (142 KB)

Renewal Webinar

ESEA Flexibility Renewal Guidance Process (May 6, 2015)

ESEA Flexibility Renewal Guidance Process (November 20, 2014)

Renewal FAQs

Flexibility FAQs Renewal Webinar December 18, 2014

Flexibility FAQs Renewal Webinar January 29, 2015

Last Modified: 09/30/2015