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Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility

Nebraska’s Waiver from NCLB

Nebraska’s written request for ESEA Flexibility shifts the focus of accountability and gives us a more robust picture of what our students can do. It is an opportunity to outline our goals, create a shared vision and tell our Nebraska story. The link to the waiver can be found here.

ESEA Flex Theory of Action

The ESEA Flexibility request has three primary principles and a broader goal of reducing government burden on districts, teachers, and most of all students.

These principles are:

Principle 1: College and Career Ready Expectations for All Students:

  • Rigorous Expectations and Standards
  • Learner Focused
  • Increase Collaboration with Colleges and Universities
  • Annual, Statewide, Aligned, High Quality Assessments that Measure Student Growth

Principle 2: State Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support (AQuESTT—A Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow):

  • Annual Measurable Outcomes
  • Equity and Access for all Learners
  • Recognition and Celebration of Success
  • Network of Teachers and Learners (Communities of Practice)
  • Support for Schools’ Continuous Improvement
  • Data Informed Decision Making

Principle 3: Support Effective Instruction and Leadership:

  • Timely Evaluation and Feedback for Teachers and Principals
  • Professional Learning and Development
  • Dynamic Learning Environments
  • Differentiated Student Learning Objectives