Flexibility to Improve Student Achievement and Increase Quality of Instruction

Ohio may request flexibility through waivers in ten provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and their associated regulatory, administrative, and reporting requirements.

The 10 provisions are:

*The chart is written in a condensed format. It is not intended to be used for a detailed analysis of the flexibility provisions and may not capture all the requirements.

1 Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) timeline Ohio would have flexibility in setting annual measurable objectives (AMOs) to use in determining AYP. This would allow Ohio to develop ambitious but achievable goals without a trajectory of 100% student proficiency by 2014, as specified under current law.
2 School Improvement Requirements An LEA (local education agency) would not have to identify for improvement, corrective action, etc. its Title I schools that fail to make AYP nor be required to use current improvement actions. Also, an LEA would be exempt from administrative and reporting requirements under school improvement section. (For example, since an LEA would no longer have to identify these schools, they would not have to send parent notification letters or set aside Title I funds for public school choice and supplemental educational services (SES).
3 LEA Improvement Requirements Same as #2 but at the district level.
4 Rural LEAs LEAs under certain rural school programs would have flexibility to use funds for any authorized purpose regardless of AYP status.
5 Schoolwide Programs LEAs may operate a schoolwide program in a Title I school that does not meet the 40% poverty threshold, if the Ohio Dept. of Education (ODE) has identified the school as a priority (bottom 5%) or focus (bottom 10% of Title I) school and the LEA is implementing interventions consistent with the turnaround principles.
6 School Improvement Funding ODE may allocate school improvement funds to an LEA in order to serve any priority or focus school. This would allow Ohio to permit LEAs greater flexibility in serving more students while eliminating burdensome restrictions and reporting requirements.
7 Reward Schools ODE may use funds to provide financial rewards to any reward school.
8 Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) Improvement Plans LEAs not meeting HQT targets would not have to develop improvement plans and would have flexibility in using certain federal funds (Title I and Title II). ODE would not have to implement the plans such as entering into agreement with an LEA on the use of funds and providing technical assistance on its plan. ODE will still ensure HQT equity but would eliminate burdensome restrictions and reporting requirements.
9 Transfer of Certain Funds ODE and LEAs may transfer up to 100% of funds for certain programs among those programs and into Title I, Part A. ODE and LEAs would not have to give notification prior to transferring funds.
10 Use of School Improvement Grant (SIG) Funds to Support Priority Schools ODE may award school improvement funds to an LEA to implement one of the four improvement models for any priority school.
  Optional Flexibility: Using 21st Century Funds SEA may permit community learning centers to use 21st century funds to support expanded learning time during the school day in addition to non-school hours.



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