State Asks For Community In­put On N C LB Reg­u­la­tions

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander -

The state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced last month that it in­tends to file an ap­pli­ca­tion for El­e­men­tary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Act ( ESEA) Flex­i­bil­ity with the fed­eral DOE and it's look­ing for community in­put on the draft pro­posal.

Ac­cord­ing to the state DOE, the ESEA Flex­i­bil­ity will sup­port on­go­ing ef­forts to raise ex­pec­ta­tions for students and bet­ter sup­port ed­u­ca­tors, more ac­cu­rately and fairly iden­tify schools’ strengths and ar­eas for im­prove­ment, tar­get in­ter­ven­tions and sup­port strate­gies to re­ward high-per­form­ing schools and ad­dress ar­eas for im­prove­ment, and sup­port ef­fec­tive in­struc­tion and lead­er­ship. If the ap­pli­ca­tion is ap­proved, the pro­gram would be im­ple­mented dur­ing the 2013- 2014 school year.

The fed­eral DOE has of­fered each state ed­uca- tional agency the op­por­tu­nity to re­quest flex­i­bil­ity re­gard­ing spe­cific re­quire­ments of the No Child Left Be­hind Act in ex­change for state-de­vel­oped plans for im­proved ed­u­ca­tional goals, in­creased eq­uity and higher qual­ity in­struc­tion.

To view the ap­pli­ca­tion and com­ment on the draft pro­posal via an on­line sur­vey, visit hawai­i­doe.org.

“Hawaii is tak­ing an­other bold step for­ward to trans­form ed­u­ca­tion,” su­per­in­ten­dent Kathryn Matayoshi stated. “ESEA Flex­i­bil­ity will pro­vide our schools, par­ents, students, and the community with a rig­or­ous al­ter­na­tive to the cur­rent No Child Left Be­hind one-size-fit­sall ap­proach and re­de­fine aca­demic suc­cess be­yond Ad­e­quate Yearly Progress.”

Sur­vey com­ments are due Fri­day (Au­gust 17) For more about ESEA Flex­i­bil­ity, visit ed.gov/esea/flex­i­bil­ity.

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