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ESEA Flexibility

ESEA Flexibility Extension Approval

On July 18, 2014 Maryland received approval from USDE for our Flexibility Extension Request that is described below.

   • Approval Letter

   • Maryland Approved ESEA Flexibility Request

ESEA Flexibility Extension Request

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 provided all ESEA Flexibility States with the opportunity to apply for an Extension to this ESEA Flexibility for the 2014-2015 school year. Maryland sought 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 proposed changes to its currently approved ESEA flexibility request. Below please find the following documents which were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on March 25, 2014 with our Flexibility Extension Request:


(1) Maryland's ESEA Extension Request Letter

(2) Completed Amendment Template for Teacher Principal Evaluation

(3) Teacher Principal Evaluation (TPE) Amendment

(4) Redline of Maryland's ESEA Request

(5) Letter Requesting an additional waiver

ESEA Flexibility

As 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 prohibited some states from developing new and innovative reforms. As a result, USDE 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 ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum
(Approved by the U. S. Department of Education,
November 13, 2013):

The ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum which is included below replaces Maryland's existing accountability workbook under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). In conjunction with Maryland's approved ESEA flexibility request which is also included below, the Accountability Addendum provides comprehensive information regarding the elements of the Maryland' system of differentiated recognition, accountability and support.

Maryland ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum Letter

Maryland ESEA Flexibility Accountability Addendum

The Best Practices of Title I Superlative Highest Performing Reward Schools

Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application 
Revised 02.28.2013

Approval Letter of Maryland's Guidelines for Teacher & Principal Evaluation & Support Systems (Principle 3)
01.09.2013

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)
October 2012


For additional information, please visit

http://www.ed.gov/esea/flexibility



Contact Information
Mary L. Gable, Assistant State Superintendent
Division of Academic Policy & Innovation
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0473
Fax:  410-333-2275
Email:  mary.gable@maryland.gov
 Maryland's Request for ESEA Flexibility Extension
Maryland's Request for ESEA Flexibility Extension

 ESEA Flexibility Application
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application, Revised Feb. 28, 2013
Approval Letter of Maryland's Guidelines for Teacher & Principal Evaluation & Support Systems (Principle 3), Jan. 9, 2013
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application, Revised Nov. 2, 2012
Maryland Amendment to ESEA Flexibility Request Approval Letter, Nov. 5, 2012
Press Release: Maryland Gains Flexibility From No Child Left Behind Requirements
Maryland ESEA Flexibility Request Approval Letter, May 29, 2012
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application Attachments
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application Appendices
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Application Appendix II
 ESEA Flexibility Communication Materials
Maryland's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Plan
Maryland ESEA Flexibility Request
Beyond No Child Left Behind: Maryland's Flexibility Plan Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and What It Means For School Accountability
 Priority, Focus, Reward and Approaching Target Schools
Press Release: Maryland Schools Rewarded For Strengthening Achievement
Maryland's ESEA Flexibility Reward Schools
Maryland's ESEA Reward, Focus, and Priority Schools
Maryland's 2012-2013 Approaching Target Schools
Title I Superlative Reward Schools Videos
 School Progress Index
School Progress Index
 ESEA Flexibility Brochure and Fact Sheets
ESEA Flexibility Brochure and Fact Sheets
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