ESEA Introduced; ESEA Waived

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February 9, 2012 |

Lots of ESEA activity on this sunny Thursday.  

Ten states are receiving ESEA waivers: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  New Mexico's request is still undergoing some revisions and will move to the second round of states.  Chiefs For Change applauds the announcement.

House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline also introduced two ESEA reauthorization bills and delivered a speech at AEI explaining his approach toward teacher effectiveness, accountability, and other issues (see below).  


  • Eliminates AYP and replaces it with state-determined accountability systems.

  • Schools would still test students in reading and math in grades 3-8 and once in high school. Testing in science would become voluntary.

  • Eliminates federal interventions currently required of low-performing schools.

  • Repeals federal “Highly Qualified Teacher” requirements.

  • Maintains the requirement that states and school districts issue and distribute annual report cards, including disaggregated data on student achievement and high school graduation rates.

  • Eliminates the 40 percent poverty threshold for schoolwide programs, allowing all Title I schools to operate whole school reform efforts with Title I money.



  • Asks states and school districts to develop teacher evaluation systems that measure an educator’s influence on student learning.

  • Requires teacher evaluations to be locally developed and implemented within broad parameters that factor in student achievement (e.g. achievement and growth), incorporate multiple measures, and include feedback from all stakeholders.

  • Consolidates a myriad of existing K-12 education programs into a new Local Academic Flexible Grant, which provides funding to states and school districts to support local priorities that improve student achievement.

  • Provides states with the tools to support private entities engaged in activities that promote innovation and reform outside of the traditional public school system and typical school day, such as tutoring or scholarship programs.

  • Eliminates more than 70 existing elementary and secondary education programs to promote a more appropriate federal role in education.




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