Mississippi’s ESEA Flexibility Request


Pending Amendments

Mississippi has submitted the following amendments as allowed under the ESEA Flexibility provisions, which are pending United States Department of Education (ED) approval:

                ESEA Flexibility Extension Request (Submitted February 25, 2014)
                Educator Evaluation Amendment (submitted October 4, 2013)
                ED partial Approval Letter (received December 3, 2013)
                Field Testing Amendment (submitted October 25, 2013)
                ED Approved Letter (received January 30, 2014)

Mississippi’s Approved ESEA Flexibility Request
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


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 April 23, 2013)
Approval Letter from ED regarding Principle 3 Review (April 23, 2013)


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 November 13, 2013)

Approval Letter from ED (November 13, 2013)


Please note the US Department of Education also posts all the approved Mississippi ESEA Flexibility documents and monitoring reports on the ed.gov 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 November 19, 2013 


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