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ESEA Flexibility Waiver

ESEA Objectives

  • Use one accountability system
  • Implement college- and Career-Ready Standards
  • Reduce burdensome reporting
  • Set ambitious goals
  • Allow flexibility and federal spending

Missouri's 2015 ESEA Waiver Renewal

The Department has posted the application for the 2015 ESEA Flexibility Waiver renewal.  Comments will be received from April 1st, 2015 until April 30, 2015 at [email protected]

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 After Waiver

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

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

Waiver Timeline

Mo Applies for
ESEA Waiver
Peer Review by
MO ESEA Waiver
MO ESEA Waiver
in Effect
Feb. 24, 2012 March - June 2012 June 29, 2012 2012 - 2013



Frequently Asked Questions

Response to questions from the June 29 ESEA Flexibility webinar

District Resources

U.S. Department of Education ESEA Flexibility Requests and Documents

Sample Unit Amplification