|ESEA Flexibility: A New Approach to NCLB
Hawaii State Department of Education
"Hawaii is taking another bold step forward to accelerate education reform, raise accountability, and ensure all students graduate college- and career-ready. ESEA Flexibility will provide states with a rigorous alternative to the current No Child Left Behind one-size-fits-all approach and the responsibility to redefine academic success beyond Adequate Yearly Progress." - Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi
The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) filed its application for ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Flexibility with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on September 6, 2012.
"Hawaii's ESEA Flexibility plan will drastically improve our accountability system and provide a rigorous alternative to the current No Child Left Behind one-size-fits-all approach," said Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. "With multiple accountability measures, we will improve the quality of instruction in our schools and provide additional targeted interventions. At the end of the day, this is about ensuring that every child is prepared for success in college or careers."
As of September 10, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education has approved waiver applications from 33 states and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Department of Education offered each State educational agency this voluntary opportunity to request flexibility regarding specific requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction."
The ESEA flexibility package, developed with input from chief state school officers from 45 states, will spur momentum across America to implement a new educational system aligned to college- and career-readiness, even as the more comprehensive reforms outlined in the President's Blueprint for Reform await Congressional reauthorization of the ESEA.
This flexibility package was developed under the waiver authority explicitly granted to the U.S. Department of Education under the ESEA, and has been exercised under the previous Administration.
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