The ESEA Flexibility Granted by USDE
As recently 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 are prohibiting some states from developing new and innovative reforms. As a result, USDE has 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 Request for ESEA Flexibility Extension
Notice Inviting Public Comment
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 has now provided all ESEA Flexibility States with the opportunity to apply for an Extension to this ESEA Flexibility for the 2014-2015 school year. Maryland seeks 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 proposes changes to its currently approved ESEA flexibility request. Attached please find the following documents which will be submitted with our Flexibility Extension Request:
(1) Teacher Principal Evaluation (TPE) Extension Waiver Amendments Submission MSDE requests that USED approve amending the Maryland State Teacher and Principal Evaluation Models to reflect an updated design. The approval of this amendment further increases the alignment and brings all 22 LEAs into compliance with the state model frameworks, allowing MSDE to focus the delivery of professional development and technical assistance to LEAs during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
(2) TPE Transition Plan Submission – an explanation of transitioning the Teacher Principal Evaluation models from MSA to PARCC
(3) Waiver Request – Use Same Assessment for all students at each grade level – a proposal that beginning with the implementation of the PARCC Assessments in the 2014-15 school year, Maryland allows any student enrolled in a high school level course to take the assessment associated with this course. This will most often occur with the Algebra I assessment since very few students take English II before high school.
Maryland's Request to extend ESEA Flexibility
The Maryland State Department of Education is seeking public comment regarding its ESEA Flexibility Extension Request. These documents are open for public comment from March 7 – 20, 2014. Please send all comments to Mary Gable, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Academic Policy and Innovation, at email@example.com.
This information will be provided to the State Board at their March 25, 2014 meeting.
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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