USED BROCHURES AND FACT SHEETS
To assist states as they continue to pursue opportunities for ESEA flexibility, the U.S. Department of Education released in January 2013 the following series of informational brochures and fact sheets related to ESEA Flexibility:
- The Opportunity of ESEA Flexibility (brochure)
- Protecting School and Student Accountability (fact sheet)
- Advancing Accountability and Graduation Rates (fact sheet)
- Continuing to Expose and Close Achievement Gaps (fact sheet)
- Turning Around the Lowest-Performing Schools (fact sheet)
- Supporting Teachers, Leaders, and Local Innovation (fact sheet)
UPDATED STATUS OF STATE APPLICATIONS
Seven states (AL, AK, HI, ME, NH, ND, and WV), Puerto Rico, and the Bureau of Indian Education submitted applications for ESEA Flexibility in September.
For more information, go to http://www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility.
More than half of the states have received waivers from at least some provisions of ESEA.
Idaho's application for ESEA Flexibility was approved October 17 and Nevada's application was approved August 8.
Six states and the District of Columbia's applications for ESEA Flexibility were approved July 19 (AZ, KS, MI, MS, OR, and SC).
Two applications were approved July 6 (WA, WI); five applications were approved June 29 (AR, MO, SD, UT, VA); eight applications were approved May 29 (CT, DE, LA, MD, NY, NC, OH, RI); and eleven applications were approved February 9 (CO, FL, GA, IN, KY, MA, MN, NJ, OK, TN, NM).
You may access all the flexibility applications HERE on the ED website, along with approval letters and peer review notes for states with approved applications.
Seven states received a one-year freeze on their annual measurable objectives (AMOs) while they work on their full waiver applications (AL, AK, ID, IA, KS, ME, WV).
Six states have not applied for ESEA Flexibility at this time.
ESEA Flexibility Toolkit - Principle 3
Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership
This toolkit was prepared in January 2012, in response to the first round of applications for ESEA Flexibility. The toolkit is offered as a way to help states think broadly about their leadership in designing systems of educator evaluation, using the ESEA Flexbility Request process as a template for consideration. Click on the icons below for considerations, examples, pertinent sections of the ESEA Flexibility Review Guidance, and to upload more information.
Theory of Action
In your request for ESEA Flexibility, you will want to demonstrate your "theory of action," or the specific pathway along which your system of educator evaluation and support will contribute to the overall goal of improved instruction and improved student achievement. This section includes graphical representations of the system of educator effectiveness.
System of Evaluation
Your request for ESEA Flexibility must describe the system of teacher and principal evaluation that you are developing or have implemented and the system must include several key features.
System of Support
Your request for ESEA Flexibility must describe the system of teacher and principal support that you are developing or have implemented and the system must include several key features.
Your request must demonstrate how will you meaningfully engage teachers and principals and others in both the design and the implementation of your system.
Your request must demonstrate how will you support LEAs with implementation (section 3.B).
Your request must display your timelines for design and implementation and there are certain milestones you must be able to reach.
You must describe the resources (financial, human capital, etc.) you will be using for your system design and implementation.
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STATE POLICY DATABASE
This searchable database, State Policies on Teacher Evaluation, 2010-2012, provides information on state legislation and state board of education action and deliberations taken between January 2010 and July 2012 in the area of teacher evaluation.
We will regularly update the database as additional information is made available. If you are from a state and would like to update your information, please contact email@example.com.
PRE-PEER REVIEW SUPPORTS
CCSSO and its partners are providing technical assistance to any interested states submitting by the February deadline. For more information about this technical assistance, please contact Kirsten Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-336-7075). For questions regarding ESEA flexibility requests, please contact a US ED Department staff at Department ESEAflexibility@Ed.gov.