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​Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Submitted to USDE: Funding Flexibilities Waiver Request

Following a public comment period and pursuant to section 8401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, PDE submitted a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on July 29, 2021, to secure various funding and programmatic flexibilities for Pennsylvania local education agencies. Read the waiver request submitted to USDE. On August 25, 2021, the USDE approved PDE's waiver request, providing PDE and its stakeholders with flexibility on the timelines and carryover limitations associated with various funds.

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 validity