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.  This February 2014 Nevada will be requesting updated ESEA flexibility through the waiver renewal process from the United States Department of Education for school year 2014-15. Your feedback will influence improvements to Nevada’s Education Performance System (NEPS) and will be reflected in Nevada’s upcoming application for renewal of the ESEA Waiver Flexibility Request.  You will have an opportunity to provide written feedback and make suggestions at the end of the survey.  Also, this page will host all the relevant materials that are produced as Nevada’s next ESEA Flexibility Waiver is created.  Please check back for updates.