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ESEA Flexibility (Waiver) Request

The Kansas’ ESEA Flexibility Request, granting waivers from certain provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was approved by the U.S. Department of Education on July 19, 2012. The approval allows the state to implement a new and more meaningful accountability system for Kansas schools and school districts.

The Secretary of Education announced that States could request flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through waivers. The flexibility is offered in order to move forward with State and local reforms designed to improve academic achievement and increase the quality of instruction for all students.

To receive this flexibility, states completed the ESEA Flexibility Request form and addressed the four principles:
• Principle 1: College- and Career-Ready Expectations for All Students
• Principle 2: State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support
• Principle 3: Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership
• Principle 4: Reducing Duplication and Unnecessary Burden

Questions or comments regarding the Kansas ESEA Flexibility Request may be directed to waiver@ksde.org

ESEA Flexibility Waiver Amendment Public Comment - Thursday, April 17, 2014
ESEA Flexibility Waiver Public Comment Forum - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Amendments to the ESEA Flexibility Waiver will be posted for 30 days for public comment. 
Comments should be sent to waiver@ksde.org.
These documents have not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

KANSAS ESEA FLEXIBILITY WAIVER - Jan2013 - April 2014 - With proposed changes 

Approved Kansas ESEA Request:
Revised Kansas ESEA Flexibility Waiver January 2013 (PDF)

Draft Versions of ESEA Flexibility Request:
ESEA Flexibility Waiver submitted July 2012
KS ESEA FlexibilityTechnical Amendments Jan. 2013 (PDF)
ESEA Flexibility Waiver Final 2-27-2012 (PDF)
Kansas ESEA Flexibility Request Summary 2/14/2012 (PDF)
KS Notice of Intent to Submit ESEA Flexibility Waiver Request (PDF)
KS Peer Panel Notes (PDF)
KS Response Letter April 17, 2012 (PDF)

Educator Evaluation Guidelines (Principle 3):
KS Ed Eval Guidelines Clarifying Questions Peer Review 7-13-2012 (PDF)
KS Principle 3 Update 1-20-13 (PDF)
KS August 13th Letter (PDF)
Kansas Educator Evaluation Guidelines (PDF)
Kansas Principle 3 Peer Panel Notes (PDF)

PowerPoint Presentations and Webinar Materials:
AMO Summary KSDE Annual Conference 11-7-12 (PowerPoint)
Council of Superintendents ESEA Flexibility September 2012 (PowerPoint) 
ESEA Flexibility Waiver Request Webinar January 2012 (PowerPoint) 
ESEA Flexibility Waiver Update to QPA Advisory Council 9-4-2012 (PowerPoint) 
ESEA Flexibility Waiver Update State Board August 2012 (PowerPoint) 
ESEA Waiver Webinar Recording July 20, 2012
How Priority Schools Are Selected (PowerPoint) 
Kansas ESEA Flexibility Waiver Overview (PowerPoint) 
KLN - How Focus Schools Are Identified (PowerPoint) 
Measurable Objectives Application 2-1-2013 (PowerPoint) 
Planning for the New Measurable Objectives Background and Critical Issues (PowerPoint)

Video Clips:
Measureable Objectives Application 
Increasing Achievement Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) 
Decreasing the Gap Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) 
Improving Student Growth Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) 
Reducing Non-Proficient Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) 
Identifying Priority Schools 
Identifying Focus Schools 

Video's for Parents/Community Members:
A New Accountability System for Schools 
Understand the AMO for Reducing Non-Proficient 
Understanding the Achievement AMO 
Understanding the Gap AMO 
Understanding the Growth AMO 
Fact Sheets:
Closing Achievement Gap Brochure (PDF)
How Reward Schools Are Selected 9/2013 (PDF) 
How Are Priority Schools Identified? (PDF) 
Identifying Focus Schools: A Field Guide (PDF) 
Improving Achievement Annual Measureable Objective (PDF) 
Improving Student Achievement Brochure (PDF) 
Reducing Non-Proficient Students Brochure (PDF) 
Reducing the Gap Annual Measureable Objective (PDF) 
Reducing the Non-Proficient Annual Measureable Objective (PDF) 
Student Growth Brochure (PDF) 
Waiver Overview Fact Sheet March 2013 (PDF) 
What Are the Annual Measureable Objectives for Growth? (PDF) 

Other Helpful Documents and Materials: 
KS Accountability Addendum 2-20-2013 (PDF)
ESEA Flexibility Waiver Talking Point FINAL (PDF)
Kansas ESEA Flexibility Waiver Overview (PDF)
Achievment Gap Calculator (Excel) 

Reward, Priority and Focus Schools:
Title I Reward Schools (PDF)
Title I Focus Schools (PDF)
Title I Priority Schools (PDF)

Kansas Learning Network School Improvement Page  
US Department of Education’s ESEA Flexibility 

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Doug Boline

Assistant Director
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