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Federal Flexibility Waiver

2015 Renewal

Oregon’s current ESEA Flexibility Waiver for No Child Left Behind will expire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will be submitting a request for a three-year renewal of Oregon’s ESEA waiver , March 31, 2015.

With its new ESEA waiver renewal, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) continues to require states to demonstrate commitment to the same core principles of ESEA Flexibility listed below that have been underpinning of waivers since their introduction in 2011:
  • Implementing college and career ready standards and high-quality, aligned assessments for all students
  • Implementing state-developed systems of differentiated recognition, accountability, and support
  • Supporting effective instruction and leadership through educator evaluation and support systems
Click here for an overview of the requirements for the 2015 ESEA Flexibility Waiver renewal.

The elements of the waiver, combined with Oregon’s state-mandated priority initiatives, are moving Oregon educators toward a strong and effective college and career ready system, incorporating programs, resources, and assessments for students from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. The Common Core State Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment, an improved school accountability system, and a new framework for educator effectiveness and evaluation are some of the major elements featured in the waiver.

Stakeholder Input

Documents will be posted here soon.


Current ESEA Flexibility Waiver


Oregon's Approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver Application Approved October 9, 2014.

Oregon has revised elements of its teacher and leader effectiveness system in collaboration with districts and other educational partners.

Oregon's Original ESEA Flexibility Waiver Application (abridged) Approved July 18 , 2012.

Oregon's ESEA Waiver Request was approved in 2012. This abridged version eliminates approximately 1000 pages of public comments from the full version, which are available on request.

Executive Summary of Oregon's Approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver

This executive summary presents an overview of the approved ESEA Flexibility waiver link above.

Requirements for Teacher and Administrator Evaluation and Support Systems for 2014-15 SY



Staying Current

The following links lead to the most up to date news, resources, and documents regarding the content of Oregon’s ESEA Flexibility as ODE, along with our partners, implements each portion.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Moving to common standards in two content areas represents a major change for Oregon. ODE and its educational partners are committed to providing educators with the tools they need to understand and implement the CCSS.

College and Career Ready Assessments

Oregon is transitioning from the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to Smarter Balanced Assessment. This page gives information about Smarter Balanced and other Oregon assessments.

District and School Accountability System

The waiver outlines Oregon’s revised accountability and rating system, incorporating student growth.

Oregon's Priority, Focus, and Model Schools

Access resources and documents relating to Oregon’s Priority, Focus, and Model School designations.

Educator Effectiveness

Together, Oregon partners and stakeholders are developing a comprehensive educator effectiveness system spanning the career continuum of teachers and leaders, including preparation, licensing, induction, mentoring, professional learning, and educator evaluation


Related Links

  • Oregon Education Investment Board  External Link  
    The Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), chaired by the Governor, is overseeing an effort to create a seamless, unified system for investing in and delivering public education from early childhood through high school and college so that all Oregonians are well prepared for careers in our economy.

  • Original ESEA Flexibility Process
    This page describes the process Oregon educators undertook to create the original ESEA Flexibility waiver during the 2011-12 school year.


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