Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver


The U.S. Department of Education (USED) is inviting each State educational agency (SEA) to request flexibility on behalf of itself, its local educational agencies, and schools, in order to better focus on improving student learning and increasing the quality of instruction. This voluntary opportunity will provide educators and State and local leaders with flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.


On May 15, 2012, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to instruct the agency to not work on the ESEA waiver at this time. Vermont would need to do significant more work on the ESEA waiver in order to have an approvable application. Vermont's waiver would no longer be the one that was agreed upon by stakeholders months ago when first submitted. Here's the latest information regarding this process in "most recent first" chronological order:

  • Commissioner Vilaseca Opinion Piece on ESEA Waiver
    Dated: October 26, 2011
    Vermont and the rest of the country have been given a wonderful opportunity to shed the flawed aspects of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and refocus our efforts on true success for all students.

  • State Board of Education Meeting: Agenda
    Dated: October 18, 2011
    A public comment opportunity will be available at the State Board of Education Meeting on October 18, 2011.

  • State Board of Education Special Meeting: Agenda
    Dated: October 3, 2011
    The State Board of Education held a special meeting to discuss Vermont's waiver request on October 3, 2011.

  • Vermont Letter of Intent
    Dated: October 7, 2011
    The department filed a letter with the U.S. Department of Education expressing Vermont's intent to submit the request for November 14, 2011.

  • Vermont Waiver Recommendations
    Dated: September 15, 2011
    Governor Peter Shumlin and the Department submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education outlining its goals for the ESEA reauthorization and waiver process.


Carol King at carol.c.king@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1280

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