American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
October 5, 2011

ED Announces Details on ESEA Regulatory Relief to States

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced information regarding how states can request flexibility from specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—or No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—in exchange for serious state-led efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all students are on track to graduate college and are career-ready. A state may request flexibility through waivers of several specific provisions of NCLB, as outlined in the guidance. This flexibility package was developed under the waiver authority granted to the U.S. Department of Education under the ESEA.

For more details, visit ED's website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.

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