DoEd awards four-year renewal waivers to five states — Kentucky, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina and Virginia — that allow them continued flexibility from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
This year, Congress is working on an overhaul of ESEA, which has been due for reauthorization since 2007. But until a new law is in place, the law continues to stand. This means states need a new round of waivers that provide flexibility from top-down, prescriptive provisions of the law so that they can continue implementing innovative changes that ensure all children receive a high-quality education.
These four-year renewals provide states with stability as they continue to work on preparing students for success.