Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Accountability Determinations and ESEA Flexibility
Following receipt of public comment, PDE submitted a waiver request to USDE on March 23, 2021, to shift forward timelines for designating schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement, Additional Targeted Support and Improvement, and Targeted Support and Improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act; maintain existing school accountability determinations; and secure relief from Federal assessment participation rate rules. On March 26, 2021,
the USDE approved PDE’s waiver request, creating flexibility and providing PDE and its
stakeholders important space to revise components of Pennsylvania's
accountability system with attention to comparability, feasibility, and
PDE submitted a letter to the USDE on April 11, 2020, requesting waivers, pursuant to section 3511 of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, P.L. 116-136 (H.R. 748), 34 Stat. 281 (Mar. 27, 2020), of the requirement(s) on behalf of the state educational agency and its subgrantees. Read the response PDE received from the USDE on April 21, 2020.