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New Reports and Concerns About Impact of ESEA Waivers

Thursday, February 14, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall
New Reports and Concerns About Impact of ESEA Waivers
AEE Issues Report:  ESEA Waivers Could Slow Progress on High School Graduation Rate Accountability, New Alliance Analysis Finds
New Report Evaluates Waiver Plans Submitted by Thirty-Four States and the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON, DC – An extensive analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education shows that recent progress in holding schools accountable for how many students they graduate from high school—the ultimate goal of K–12 education—may be slowed in some states based on waivers recently granted under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The Alliance’s findings are contained in a new report, The Effect of ESEA Waiver Plans on High School Graduation Rate Accountability, which includes a review of approved waiver plans submitted by thirty-four states and the District of Columbia.

Full Report Available Here -


Advocacy Institute Issues List of Concerns Regarding ESEA Waivers

COPAA Member The Advocacy Institute has identified a number of issues pertaining to students with disabilities in the context of ESEA waivers given to 34 states + D.C. by the US Dept. of Education (as of February 1, 2013). These issues have been communicated to disability organizations and members of Congress. It should be noted that not all issues pertain to all states that have been given a waiver.

  • Loss of Subgroup Accountability for Test Participation
  • Loss of Subgroup Accountability for Performance
  • Differentiated Achievement Targets
  • Decreased Focus on Graduation Rates
  • Limited Interventions
  • Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Excluded from Growth
  • Transitioning Students with Disabilities from the Alternate Assessment on Modified Achievement Standards to the Regular Assessment

Full Information Here: http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/blog/?p=246

New Ed Trust report shows several state accountability systems created through NCLB waivers weaken civil rights commitments of federal law

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2013) — Nearly a year ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan began granting waivers from key school accountability provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Through this effort, the Department of Education offered states the opportunity to develop their own systems for accountability in exchange for implementing certain reforms.

But as a new analysis from The Education Trust shows, while some states adopted innovative strategies to raise achievement for all groups of children, what many proposed to do instead — and what the U.S. Department of Education ultimately approved — turns back the clock to a time when our national commitment to closing achievement gaps and improving outcomes for all students was little more than lip service.

Full Report available here: http://www.edtrust.org/dc/press-room/press-release/new-ed-trust-report-shows-several-state-accountability-systems-created-t


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