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ARCHIVE: Colorado ESEA Waiver

Pause on 2020-21 and 2021-22 State Accountability System Due to COVID-19

A second year of Accountability Pause (2021-2022) has been authorized by the Colorado legislature. The state's accountability system has been paused for 2020-21 and 2021-22. More details on the implications of a pause in accountability are available in the links below.


*Please note that the following information and resources have been archived, as the ESEA waiver has been made redundant by ESSA.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver Renewal 2015

Colorado's ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal Application was submitted to and received by U.S. Department of Education on March 31, 2015. Colorado received approval of the application on November 20, 2015. 

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 expired 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 applied for, and received, approval for a one-year renewal of the ESEA Waiver for the 2015-2016 school year.