Department seeks feedback on ESEA waiver renewal

The Maine DOE is seeking feedback on Maine’s proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Waiver Renewal application. The application, with documented changes to the original application, demonstrates how the State’s current accountability and improvement system is implemented to serve Maine’s students and schools while outlining future implementation of the ESEA Flexibility Waiver over the next three years.

In 2013 the U.S. Department of Education approved Maine’s application for flexibility under ESEA. This flexibility provided relief from certain regulations outlined under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).  The approved flexibility allows Maine to move forward with State and local reforms designed to improve the academic achievement and increase the quality of instruction for all students in a manner that was not originally contemplated by NCLB. Maine’s initial two-year waiver is set to expire this summer. Maine DOE has submitted an application for renewal that demonstrates intent to meet the requirements of the flexibility guidance put forward by USED.

As the USED continues to review ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal applications; the Maine DOE seeks public input regarding its renewal application. Maine DOE welcomes comments and suggestions to better support all schools to continue improving the outcomes for students while holding schools and districts accountable in a fair manner. Feedback can be submitted using the comment form below or sent directly to Title I Program Director Janette Kirk at

For more information about Maine’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver, the renewal and accountability and improvement system visit

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