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Thursday, November 13, 2014

CCSSO Releases Statement on Process for States to Renew ESEA Waivers

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

San Diego, CA (November 13, 2014) -- Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a new process for states to renew waivers they have from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). He made the announcement at the Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO) Annual Policy Forum in San Diego.

Under the new process, states will be able renew their current waivers for up to three or four years.

Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO, said the following about the waiver renewal process:

"Today, I am pleased that Secretary Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education listened to state education leaders and developed a straightforward waiver renewal process that we believe will create more stability as states implement accountability systems aligned with college-and career-ready standards. Through these new systems, many states have been able to use more relevant measures of student achievement and been better able to determine when a school is performing well.

Still, while we appreciate this flexibility, we recognize that waivers are not a solution in the long term, or even a solution for every state. Congress needs to provide states with a stable federal policy that encourages states to innovate while holding us accountable for results."

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.