The Center on Education Policy (CEP) created an NCLB/ESEA Waiver Watch webpage to track state waiver applications.
On August 8, 2011, President Obama directed the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, to “move forward with plans to provide flexibility to states,” which are looking for greater relief under the No Child Left Behind law. Since this announcement, the Center on Education Policy began tracking current developments relating to the federal government’s decision to offer regulatory flexibility from some provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), most recently amended in 2002 by the No Child Left Behind Act.
The U.S. Department of Education has many options available to provide flexibility to states, including waivers of statutory and regulatory provisions as well as amendments to state accountability plans. As of November 18, 2011, 39 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. have submitted letters expressing intent to apply for flexibility through ED’s formal application process.
For more information, visit the CEP website at www.cep-dc.org.