Opportunity to comment on federal accountability waiver request

Opportunity to comment on federal accountability waiver request

This letter serves as notice of the Delaware Department of Education’s (DDOE) intent to submit an accountability waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to request flexibility from certain aspects and requirements of the federal accountability system. 

In March 2020, USED granted DDOE a waiver from annual assessment and accountability requirements for school year 2019–2020 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19. On October 20, 2020, USED notified state education agencies of the opportunity to modify their federal accountability systems for the 2020–2021 school year to account for the lack of data due to this waiver through an addendum process. On February 22, 2021, USED provided state education agencies with the option to submit an accountability waiver in lieu of the addendum. The newly released accountability waiver includes all aspects included in Delaware’s original addendum request, which was informed by extensive stakeholder feedback and public comment, but also adds a one-year waiver from identifying schools for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) and a waiver from including participation rates below 95% in proficiency calculations.

DDOE Accountability Request March 2021 

Comment Period 

All comments on the proposed accountability waiver request are due by Friday, March 26, 2021, by electronic mail addressed to Continuous.Improvement@doe.k12.de.us.