ESEA Flexibility Extension Approval
On July 18, 2014 Maryland received approval from USDE for our Flexibility Extension Request that is described below.
• Approval Letter
• Maryland Approved ESEA Flexibility Request
ESEA Flexibility Extension Request
On May 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) approved Maryland's request for ESEA Flexibility for the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 school years. USED provided all ESEA Flexibility States with the opportunity to apply for an Extension to this ESEA Flexibility for the 2014-2015 school year. Maryland sought to extend ESEA flexibility through the end of the 2014–2015 school year because the implementation of the flexibility has enhanced the ability of MSDE and the local school systems to increase the quality of instruction for all students as well as improve their achievement levels. The waiver has allowed Maryland to target resources and implement rigorous interventions in our low performing schools. Maryland believes that the flexibility of the waiver has allowed the State and its LEAs to focus on implementing the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, transition to the College and Career-Ready PARCC Assessments, provide support, recognition, and intervention to all Maryland public schools, and develop a teacher and principal evaluation system that incorporates student growth as a major component.
As part of the extension process, Maryland proposed changes to its currently approved ESEA flexibility request. Below please find the following documents which were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on March 25, 2014 with our Flexibility Extension Request:
(1) Maryland's ESEA Extension Request Letter
(2) Completed Amendment Template for Teacher Principal Evaluation
(3) Teacher Principal Evaluation (TPE) Amendment
(4) Redline of Maryland's ESEA Request
(5) Letter Requesting an additional waiver
As allowed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), the Maryland State Department of Education received approval for flexibility from adhering to certain federal requirements for our public education system. The Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), commonly referred to as "No Child Left Behind," was created a decade ago to establish an accountability system that focused on accountability, improving standards, and eliminating achievement gaps. However, the consequences of NCLB prohibited some states from developing new and innovative reforms. As a result, USDE offered states flexibility around twelve of the provisions of NCLB. Maryland submitted its plan in February 2012 and was approved on May 29, 2012. Maryland is one of 34 states and the District of Columbia to receive approval on its Flexibility Request.
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum
(Approved by the U. S. Department of Education,
November 13, 2013):
The ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum which is included below replaces Maryland's existing accountability workbook under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). In conjunction with Maryland's approved ESEA flexibility request which is also included below, the Accountability Addendum provides comprehensive information regarding the elements of the Maryland' system of differentiated recognition, accountability and support.
Maryland ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum Letter
Maryland ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum
The Best Practices of Title I Superlative Highest Performing Reward Schools
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application
Approval Letter of Maryland's Guidelines for Teacher & Principal Evaluation & Support Systems (Principle 3)
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application 13.1MB
Submitted: 11.07.2012, Approved: 11.26.2012
Maryland Amendment to ESEA Flexibility Request Approval Letter
Posted: November 7, 2012
Maryland's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Plan
Summary of Maryland's Flexibility Plan (brochure)
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