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NCLB/ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal

Current Information 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 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.  

Solicitation of stakeholder input is fundamental to the renewal process regarding CDE's intent to renew its waiver as well as comments specific to the contents of the waiver request. As part of the public comment process, CDE is seeking input regarding Colorado's current waiver and intent to renew from stakeholder groups, including: superintendents, local ESEA program directors, professional organizations, advisory groups, child advocacy groups, and the general public. Comments received will be compiled and included with Colorado's waiver renewal submission and incorporated into a draft of CDE's waiver request as appropriate. CDE will receive input and comments during this initial phase through February 2, 2015. During the initial phase of stakeholder consultation, CDE is interested in feedback regarding Colorado's current ESEA waiver request:

  • Are the supports and interventions included as part of the waiver request the right ones? How can they be improved?
  • Do you believe the waivers to the ESEA requirements have been beneficial to Colorado's students, schools, school districts and BOCES? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • Specifically, what is working with Colorado's ESEA waiver and what is not?
  • How can Colorado's ESEA waiver request be strengthened?

CDE sincerely values your thoughts and perspectives on these issues and encourages you to share them with us. Information that may be helpful as you consider Colorado's ESEA waiver requests is included below. Please submit any comments you have regarding the ESEA waiver request by February 2, 2015, to and reference the ESEA Waiver section or page number in you communication. Thank you.


  • Phase 1, January 24, 2015 through February 2, 2015 - Stakeholder consultation regarding Colorado's current ESEA Waiver
  • Phase 2, February 9, 2015 through February 27, 2015 - Stakeholder consultation regarding Colorado's proposed ESEA waiver renewal request
  • Phase 3, March 2, 2015 through March 27, 2015 - Finalize Colorado's renewed ESEA Waiver Request
  • March 31, 2015 - Finalize and submit the ESEA Waiver Request

Colorado's Waiver Application 2015


Colorado's Waiver Application 2012

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