Waivers Tag

Special Ed Testing Waivers Worrying Advocates

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that Education Secretary DeVos “has allowed nearly half of states to get wiggle room” from an ESSA provision “aimed at making sure that only a small percentage of students are taking alternative tests reserved for children with the most significant...

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How Waiver Requests Could Affect ESSA Implementation

ESSA was “designed to let states determine for themselves how to hold schools accountable,” writes Jessica R. Towhey in the NH Journal, but it “may leave more children behind if states are allowed to skirt federal requirements through waivers.” Shifting responsibility for education from the...

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FL Submits ESSA Plan

After Florida submitted its ESSA plan, it “quickly became clear that the waivers the state Department of Education planned to seek were no longer there.” A “closer read of the final version, though, reveals that while the state did not request any formal waiver of...

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CA Receives Waiver from U.S. Dept. of Ed

EdSource reports that California received a waiver from the U.S. Dept. of Education from “administering outdated science tests, instead allowing it to give students pilot tests based on new science standards.” However, “the department granted the waiver only for the just completed school year,” and “made...

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Florida Reconsiders Waiver Request

With little time before their deadline to submit an ESSA plan to the federal government, the Florida Department of Education “may scrap a plan to ask the government for a pass on a key part of its education law,” potentially throwing the process “into chaos.”...

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NY Releases 3 ESSA Waiver Requests

The New York State Education Department has released three ESSA waiver requests, which are now open for public comment through September 8. The text of each of the state’s proposed waivers is posted on the department’s ESSA webpage.

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SC Issues Memo to District Superintendents on Plan to Request Waiver

Molly Spearman, SC state superintendent of education issued a memo to district superintendents informing them that SC plans to request a waiver under ESSA that SC’s “assessment system measure the full range of the State’s academic content standards. South Carolina requests this waiver only with...

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