Mississippi’s ESEA Flexibility Request

  Spring 2015: ESEA Flexibility Renewal

On March 31, 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education submitted a three-year renewal request, revising Mississippi’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request.
  To receive renewal, states must describe their plans to meet core principles in four major areas:
1. College- and career-ready expectations for all students
2. Differentiated recognition, accountability, and support systems for schools and districts
3. Supporting effective instruction and leadership
4. Reducing duplication and unnecessary burden

If you have any feedback to share please complete our short online survey, or send your feedback in writing via e-mail to or mail it to Office of Accountability (ESEA Flexibility Feedback), Mississippi Department of Education, Post Office Box 771, Jackson, MS 39201-0771.
ESEA Flexibility Renewal—REDLINE (with tracked changes)
ESEA Flexibility Renewal—NO REDLINE (clean copy without tracked changes)

A webinar recorded on January 16, 2015, provides a brief overview of Renewal expectations and next steps. You may view the recording online at​. 
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) submitted Mississippi’s ESEA Flexibility (Waiver) Extension Request to the United States Department of Education (ED) on February 25, 2014. After a thorough review process, MDE’s Extension Request was approved by ED on July 19, 2012. This extension reflects the State Board-approved single statewide accountability system.
ESEA Flexibility Extension (Approved 08/14/14) and ED Approval Letter 

The MDE submitted the following amendments to submitted Mississippi’s ESEA Flexibility (Waiver) Request:
Educator Evaluation Amendment (Submitted 09/12/14) and ED Approval Letter (06/24/15)
Field Testing Amendment (Approved 1/30/14) and ED Approval Letter
Educator Evaluation Amendment (Approved 12/03/13) and ED partial Approval Letter 

In November 2013, Mississippi received approval of the Accountability Addendum to the ESEA Flexibility Request, which provides comprehensive information regarding Mississippi’s system of recognition, accountability, and support.
Accountability Addendum (Approved 11/13/13) and ED Approval Letter 

In July 2012, a second peer review process considered only Principle 3: Educator Evaluation. After considerable opportunities for feedback and review, Mississippi received final approval of Principle 3 on April 23, 2013.
Approved Request, after Principle 3 Review (approved 4/23/13) and ED Approval Letter 

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) submitted Mississippi’s ESEA Flexibility (Waiver) Request to the United States Department of Education (ED) on February 24, 2012. After a multi-tiered peer review process, MDE’s Request was approved by ED on July 19, 2012. The Mississippi State Board of Education approved the final Request on July 20, 2012, for implementation in schools beginning with the 2012-2013 School Year.   
Approved Request (approved July 19, 2012) and Attachments
Approval Letter from ED (July 19, 2012) and Highlights of Mississippi’s Request  

Please note the US Department of Education also posts all the approved Mississippi ESEA Flexibility documents and monitoring reports on the website. 

MS SOARS Follow-Up Presentation, 10/18/12
MS SOARS Follow-Up Webinar, 10/18/12
Mississippi Schools Obtaining Academic Results for Success (SOARS) Training Manual, September 2012 
ESEA Flexibility FAQ for Families
ESEA Flex FAQ for Educators
Template, Focus Notification, Elementary and Middle Schools
Template, Focus Notification, High Schools
Template, Priority Notification, Elementary and Middle Schools
Template, Priority Notification, High Schools 

Federal Differentiated Accountability Reports, August 15, 2012
Federal Differentiated Accountability System, August 9, 2012
ESEA Flexibility: SBE Final Approval Presentation, July 19, 2012ESEA Flexibility: Overview Presentation, June 19, 2012
ESEA Flexibility: Overview Presentation, March 19, 2012
ESEA Flexibility: Differentiated Accountability Regional Training, September 2012 

Updated February 11, 2015

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