Ed-Flex Waivers

By taking advantage of Ed-Flex, LEAs can design and implement programs in ways that best meet the needs of their students and communities. Texas has been approved as an Ed-Flex State under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The state’s Ed-Flex authority is effective through the 2018-2019 school year.

TEA Overview of Ed-Flex and Different Types of Waivers Available


State Application to Renew Ed-Flex Authority—Available for Public Comment

TEA is preparing to submit an application to the US Department of Education (USDE) to renew its waiver authority under the Education Flexibility (Ed-Flex) Program. 

This application is available for public comment through July 30, 2019.  Comments related to the application may be submitted to ESSASupport@tea.texas.gov.  All comments received will be included with the application to USDE.

Statewide Administrative Waivers 

Statewide administrative Ed-Flex waivers address regulations governing applications for funds and certain recording keeping provisions. These administrative waivers are automatically granted to LEAs applying for federal funds covered by Ed-Flex.


Statewide Programmatic Waivers

Statewide programmatic waivers address design and delivery of federal programs covered under Ed-Flex. Statewide programmatic waivers must be applied for through the Local Education Agency’s original ESSA Consolidated Application for Federal Funds. The two statewide programmatic waivers are:

  • Threshold eligibility to implement Title I, Part A Schoolwide Programs
  • Waiver of Title I, Part A 15% Roll Forward Limitation

Individual Programmatic Waivers

Individual programmatic waivers are requested for a period of one year. There are two windows for submitting this type of application:

  • May 24, 2019, for a starting date of July 1, 2019
  • August 13, 2019, for a starting date of October 1, 2019

Late applications will not be considered.

Ed-Flex Individual Programmatic Waiver Application 2019-2020

State Performance Reports

The Ed-Flex State Performance Reports give information to the U.S. Department of Education or interested parties on local educational agencies (LEAs) that have been granted flexibility under the Ed-Flex Partnership Act.

Contact Information

With Title I, Part A questions, contact:

Anita Villarreal, Title I, Part A State Director
(512) 463-9244

With ESSA Consolidated Application questions, contact the division:
(512) 463-8525