The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced that six
states—Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, South Dakota, and Virginia—have
received a 1-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left
Behind. The extension is through the 2014–2015 school year.
According to ED, these "extensions allow states to move
forward with the critical work of implementing the bold reforms they committed
to in their original flexibility requests-which expire this summer-with the
ultimate goal of improving achievement for all students." In order to receive an
extension, states must demonstrate they have resolved any state-specific issues
and next steps as a result of the agency's monitoring as well as any other
outstanding issues related to ESEA flexibility. States could also request
amendments to support their continuous improvement efforts. The Department is
reviewing state requests for 1-year extensions on a rolling basis and
anticipates approving additional extension requests over the next several weeks.
Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico currently have
ESEA flexibility, 35 of which expire this summer. Of those, 29 have submitted an
extension request to date.
ESEA has been due for congressional
reauthorization since 2007. In the absence of its reauthorization, President
Obama announced in September 2011 that the Administration would grant waivers
from parts of the law to qualified states, in exchange for
college- and career-ready expectations for all students;
accountability systems that target the lowest-performing schools, schools with
the largest achievement gaps, and other schools that are not meeting targets for
- developing and implementing teacher and leader
evaluation and support systems that take into account student growth-among
multiple measures-and are used to help educators improve their practices.
For more information, visit ED's
website or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and
regulatory advocacy, at [email protected] or 800-498-2071, ext.