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ESEA Flexibility Waiver

ESEA Waiver Objectives

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Missouri's ESEA Flexibility Waiver Approved

The U.S. Department of Education approved Missouri's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver giving the state flexibility from burdensome No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. The waiver allows Missouri to use its own accountability system to more effectively identify struggling schools, to efficiently direct resources to struggling schools and to recognize schools achieving exemplary results.

An informational webinar about Missouri's ESEA Flexibility Waiver was held July 3.



ESEA Waiver Changes

Before Waiver

  • Burdensome systems of reporting
  • Restricted 20% of Title l funds
  • Punitive system
  • Over identified schools as failing

After Waiver

  • One aligned state system
  • Flexibility with 20% funds
  • Focus on continuous improvement
  • Efficient targeting of schools for support


Waiver Timeline

ESEA Waiver Timeline

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