Public Comment for Michigan's ESEA Flexibility Renewal RequestIn July 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) approved Michigan's request for flexibility in implementing certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
This flexibility approval allows local school districts more freedom in how they use some federal dollars to improve student achievement and close achievement gaps; recognizes schools that are meeting or exceeding achievement goals; ensures that all students have access to effective educators; and includes an accountability scorecard to measure student achievement and growth in schools and districts. Moreover, the approved ESEA flexibility alleviates the impending consequences of the NCLB requirement that 100% of students demonstrate academic proficiency by 2014, replacing the mandate and subsequent consequences with an appropriate timeline and targeted supports to meet student growth and proficiency goals.
The current approval expires at the end of the current (2014-2015) school year.
The USED has provided a process for states to apply for a renewal of ESEA Flexibility to extend through the 2017-2018 school year. The requirements of the renewal process are outlined in the Renewal Form and are posted with a redlined version of Michigan's current approved ESEA Flexibility Request below. The Renewal Form provides an overview and reference to changes proposed in the redline document and is a useful tool to understand and respond to the proposed changes.
The Renewal Form and redlined Request is available Monday, March 9, 2015 for review and public comment through Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
On August 22, 2014, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) received a one-year extension to its approved ESEA Flexibility Request. The MDE will continue working with USED on the progression of the educator evaluation system and a high-quality assessment system over the next year, in order to pursue a full renewal of ESEA Flexibility for 2015-16 and beyond.
The US Department of Education’s July 2012 approval of Michigan’s Flexibility Waiver of the Requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) resulted in Supplemental Educational Services (SES) tutoring services no longer being required in Michigan’s public schools, effective starting in the 2012-2013 school year.
Public School Choice, under Michigan’s amended Flexibility Waiver of ESEA, is no longer required for the 2013-2014 school year.
Persons requiring historical information about Michigan’s SES and Public School Choice programs under the past federal requirements may contact: OlsztaG@michigan.gov.