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ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal

Current Information 2015

NEW - Summary of the proposed, substantive changes - This document outlines major changes and amendments that The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) proposes to make to its ESEA flexibility waiver as part of the ESEA waiver renewal process. The table includes the ESEA principle affected by the change, the page number(s) where the change can be found in the larger ESEA waiver document, a brief description of the change, and the rationale for the change.

In February, 2012, Colorado received a two-year waiver to many federal ESEA requirements through a waiver process offered by the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Since that time, CDE has submitted and received approval of several iterations of the waiver, including a one-year extension granted in spring, 2014.

Colorado's current ESEA waiver is set to expire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. CDE believes the waivers have been helpful to Colorado students, schools, school districts and BOCES by streamlining the state and federal accountability systems and focusing improvement efforts. Therefore, CDE intends to apply for a renewal of Colorado's ESEA waivers by March 31, 2015.

In submitting its updated request for ESEA flexibility, CDE hopes to renew waivers of fourteen ESEA provisions and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements through the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Stakeholder input is fundamental to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver renewal process. As part of the public comment process, CDE seeks input regarding Colorado's proposed waiver and intent to renew from stakeholder groups, including: superintendents, local ESEA program directors, professional organizations, advisory groups, child advocacy groups and the public. Comments received are being compiled and will be included with Colorado's waiver renewal submission and incorporated into a draft of CDE's waiver request as appropriate. 

CDE sincerely values your thoughts and perspectives on these issues and invites you to view and comment on the proposed ESEA flexibility waiver. Information that may be helpful as you consider Colorado's ESEA waiver requests is included below, including a summary of proposed changes and waiver amendments. Please submit any comments regarding the ESEA waiver request by March 20, to and reference the ESEA waiver section or page number in you communication.


  • Phase 1, January 16, 2015 through February 2, 2015 - Stakeholder consultation regarding Colorado's current ESEA Waiver
  • Phase 2, February 9, 2015 through March 20, 2015 - Stakeholder consultation regarding Colorado's proposed ESEA waiver renewal request
  • Phase 3, March 14, 2015 through March 27, 2015 - Finalize Colorado's renewed ESEA Waiver Request
  • March 31, 2015 - Finalize and submit the ESEA Waiver Request

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