Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Will Washington State Get Waiver to Hit the "Pause" Button?

Education Week is reporting that five non-waiver states - including Washington State - may be allowed by the Department of Education to "hit the pause button on their school ratings through next school year." 

It would come via this letter that Deborah S. Delisle, Assistant Secretary of Education, sent to chief state school officers.
On November 13, 2014, I invited each SEA with an approved ESEA flexibility request that will expire at the end of the 2014–2015 school year to request a three-year renewal of ESEA flexibility, through the 2017–2018 school year. SEAs that were approved to implement ESEA flexibility beginning in the 2012–2013 school year (Windows 1 and 2) that are meeting their commitments to the original timelines and principles of ESEA flexibility are eligible for a four-year renewal through the 2018–2019 school year and are invited to participate in an expedited review process.
OSPI did apply for this waiver in March, per the Ed Dept's deadline and hopes to hear back from them soon.

This would be good news if it comes thru but with multiple waivers denied, Washington State may be on the naughty list.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"As described in the ESEA Flexibility Renewal Guidance, each SEA must choose one option under Assurance 15 based on the current status of its implementation of teacher and principal evaluation and support systems under Principle 3."

Yes, "one option under Assurance 15", based on implementation "under Principle 3".

Sounds like a complex mess and compounding babel.