2014-2015 ESEA Flexibility Waiver Extension

The Nevada Department of Education has successfully applied for a short-term extension of the State's 2012 ESEA Flexibility Waiver. The approval of the ESEA Waiver Extension Application will permit Nevada to continue improvements to the system of education designed to result in increased student readiness for post-secondary success.

Please take time to review the approval letter and the approved ESEA Waiver Request available under Latest Resources  on this page. For questions or further information, email Diane Mugford (

Background on ESEA Flexibility

"In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) offered each State educational agency (SEA) the opportunity to request flexibility, on behalf of itself and its local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools, to help them move forward with State and local reforms designed to improve student learning and increase the quality of instruction for all students" (ESEA Flexibility Guidance for Renewal Process, 2013).

"SEAs, LEAs, and schools implementing ESEA flexibility are meeting a high bar.  They are holding all students to high standards, and protecting students by ensuring that low-achieving students in each subgroup are identified for targeted interventions based on need.  ESEA flexibility also challenges SEAs to meet the goal of having an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective principal in every school” (ESEA Flexibility Guidance for Renewal Process, 2013).

Renewal Opportunity for School Years 2014-2015

In August of 2012, Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education approved Nevada’s request for ESEA Waiver flexibility.  In April 2014 Nevada submitted a request to  update ESEA flexibility through the waiver renewal process from the United States Department of Education for school year 2014-15. Prior to submission, the Nevada Department of Education elicited stakeholder feedback to influence improvements reflected in Nevada’s application for renewal of the ESEA Waiver Flexibility Request.