NCLB-ESEA Waiver Information

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has received approval from the U. S. Department of Education (USDE) for a request to waive specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by P.L. 107-110 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. The waiver requests gives TEA and more than 1,200 local education agencies (LEAs) additional flexibility while reducing duplication.

USDE approves waiver for 2015-2016 school year

USDE Response to Request for Reconsideration of High-Risk Designation (Nov. 6, 2015) (PDF, 1,381 KB)

Request for Reconsideration of High-Risk Designation State of Texas (Oct. 9, 2015) (PDF)

Texas ESEA Flexibility Renewal Letter (September 2015), (PDF)

U.S. Department of Education website containing Texas-related ESEA flexibility documents (outside source)

TEA submits waiver renewal application (June and September 2015)

TEA submitted an updated waiver renewal request, along with attachments, in June and a final waiver request in September. Those documents can be found below:

Final ESEA waiver renewal request (Sept. 16, 2015) (PDF)

Updated waiver renewal request (PDF, 1,234 KB)

USDE waiver input from education service centers (PDF, 468 KB)

USDE waiver - attachment containing revisions to mathematics TEKS (PDF, 245 KB)

 Initial June 2015 submission

 The U.S. Department of Education requires state agencies to submit a document that shows changes made to the waiver application. Posted below is a clean copy as well as a version that shows the changes made to the waiver application.

Request for waiver renewal (PDF)

Request for waiver renewal (Changes shown) (PDF)

Request for waiver renewal - Attachments (PDF, 38.2 MB) 

 Commissioner Williams seeks extension of ESEA waiver (July  and September 2014)

Request for Waiver Flexibility Extension (PDF)

USDE Extension Approval Letter (PDF)

Teacher evaluation waiver submission (May and September 2014, January 2015)

Teacher evaluation waiver submission (PDF, 14.2 MB)

Revised letter of intent (PDF)

Principle 3 waiver (PDF)
   (This letters shows underlines and strikethroughs to show changes that have been made since originally submitted.) 

January 2015 letter from USDE (PDF)

Requested amendment to NCLB waiver (Nov. 6, 2013 & Jan. 27, 2014)

 Texas seeks NCLB waiver amendment on 8th grade Algebra I testing (Word)

Texas_Amended September 16 Waiver Submission (PDF, 2MB)

Texas_Amendment to ESEA Flexibility (PDF)

Texas_Comments on Amendment to ESEA Flexibility (PDF)

Approval documentation (Sept. 30, 2013)

Letter from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (outside source)

TEA final NCLB waiver submission (Sept. 18. 2013)

Letter from Commissioner Michael Williams (PDF)

Final waiver request (PDF)

Waiver attachment (3.6 MB)

Revised submission (Aug. 28, 2013)

Waiver request (PDF, 649 KB) - 08.28.13 

Original submission

Waiver request (PDF, 414 KB)

Attachment One (PDF, 49 KB)

Attachment Two (PDF, 2,935 KB)

Attachment Three (PDF, 215 KB)

Attachment Four (PDF, 2,801 KB)

Attachment Five (PDF, 2,643 KB)

Attachment Six (PDF, 122 KB)

Attachment Seven (PDF, 146 KB)

Attachment Eight (PDF, 433 KB)

Attachment Nine (PDF, 48 KB)

Attachment Ten (PDF, 1,088 KB)

Attachment Eleven (PDF, 64 KB)

On April 15, 2013, the Texas Education Agency submitted additional information to supplement the original waiver request:

Waiver Request Supplemental Letter (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Request Attachments 1-4 (PDF, 11 MB)

Request Attachments 5-8 (PDF, 3.7 MB)