Commissioner Williams meets with Education Secretary to discuss Texas' NCLB waiver request

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June 17, 2013

 Commissioner Williams meets with Education Secretary

to discuss Texas' NCLB waiver request


WASHINGTON D.C. - Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams today met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington D.C. as part of an ongoing dialogue with the U.S. Department of Education regarding Texas' waiver request from specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

In February, Commissioner Williams submitted the state's request for a waiver from a variety of ESEA provisions in order to give the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and more than 1,200 school districts and charters additional flexibility while also reducing duplication between state and federal accountability systems. 

"Today's meeting allowed an opportunity to stress to the Secretary the strength of our state's accountability system and to explain how some flexibility from the federal system could benefit our school districts," said Commissioner Williams. "TEA staff will continue its discussions with the Department of Education and with the sharing of information necessary for the Secretary to make an informed decision on our request."

ESEA waivers being sought by TEA include:

  • Waiver of the federal Accountability Performance Targets/Standards Setting Procedures to allow TEA to replace the current Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) calculations and performance targets with the state's robust accountability rating system.
  • Waiver to create a single system of interventions based on accountability results.
  • Waiver to allow school districts or charters to implement school-wide interventions
    in any of its support, focus, or priority schools, even if those schools do not have a poverty percentage of 40 percent or more.

No timeline has been provided for a final decision on the state's request. The complete waiver request (including all supportive information that's been shared with the U.S. Department of Education) is available for viewing on the Texas Education Agency website.