Virginia schools will get a one-year extension on the commonwealth's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver. The U.S. Department of Education approved the extension Thursday. Originally approved in 2012, the waiver grants Virginia's schools relief from sanctions and requirements imposed by No Child Left Behind.
decision to extend the flexibility waiver allows Virginia and its school
divisions to plan for the 2014-2015 school year with clear goals for narrowing
achievement gaps and improving teaching and learning in under-performing
schools," Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said.
the flexibility waiver, state interventions are focused on Virginia's
lowest-performing Title I schools. The lowest-performing five percent are
designated as Priority schools and another 10 percent of Title I schools are
identified as Focus schools. Priority schools must hire a state-approved
turnaround partner and Focus schools must work with a state-approved school
waiver also requires the Virginia Board of Education to set annual objectives
for narrowing achievement gaps in reading, mathematics and high school
graduation rates. While the objectives apply to all schools, they are intended
as progress benchmarks for schools that are performing well below standards.
a letter to Staples, Assistant US Secretary of Education Deborah S. Delisle
said Virginia could qualify for a longer extension next spring, provided the commonwealth
maintains college- and career-ready standards and assessments, continues to
hold schools accountable for narrowing achievement gaps, and continues to
monitor local teacher and principal evaluation and support systems for
alignment with federal goals.
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