ESSA State Plans Assessment Waivers

These are ED responses to State requests for waivers from requirements under Title I, II, or III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Waivers

Alabama

  • PDF (1,098k) August 14, 2009
  • PDF (451k) September 16, 2009
  • PDF (863k) August 10, 2010
  • PDF (86k) February 19, 2019
  • PDF (33MB) Alabama request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (February 24, 2020)

Alaska

  • PDF (1.2K) August 13, 2009
  • PDF (493K) September 16, 2009
  • PDF (493K) June 16, 2010
  • PDF (50KB) Alaska request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for all subjects in 2015-16 (November 17, 2016)

Arizona

  • PDF (42K) August 24, 2009
  • PDF (1.1K) September, 16, 2009
  • PDF (1.1K) June 14, 2010
  • PDF (360K) August 4, 2010
  • PDF (53KB) Arizona request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (March 29, 2018)
  • PDF (370KB) Denial of Arizona request for waiver from statewide high school assessment requirements 2018-19 (March 29, 2019)

Arkansas

  • PDF (882K) October 23, 2009
  • Letter May 17, 2011
  • PDF (147K) Arkansas request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (March 20, 2018)
  • download files PDF Arkansas request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (March 4, 2019)

BIE

  • Letter (HTML) Approval Letter for Miccosukee Indian School AYP Request (May 27, 2015)
  • PDF (184 KB) Miccosukee Indian School, Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook (June 5, 2015)
  • PDF (88 KB) Approval Letter for Navajo Nation School Alternative Accountability Request (September 20, 2016)
  • download files PDF (17 MB) Navajo DSAP Accountability Plan (June 14, 2016)
  • download files PDF (70 KB) Navajo Extension Letter SY 17-18 (September 8, 2017)
  • PDF (65 KB) Navajo Extension Letter SY 18-19 (November 20, 2018)
  • PDF ( ) Navajo Extension Letter SY 19-20 (January 23, 2020)

California

  • PDF (446K) October 23, 2009
  • PDF (563K) November 6, 2009
  • PDF (845K) December 11, 2009
  • PDF (645K) July 25, 2011
  • PDF (4522K) Request for waivers from 9 local educational agencies
  • download files WORD (645K) Secretary’s approval letters for request for waiver from local educational agencies (August 6, 2013)
  • California 7 (71K) California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) request on behalf of Paradise Unified School District (PUSD), to waive certain statewide academic standards and assessment requirements under the ESSA for 2018-19 (May 16, 2019)

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Colorado

  • PDF (1.1K) August 11, 2009

Connecticut

  • PDF (981K) September 11, 2009 PDF (51KB) Connecticut request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2017-18 (October 13, 2017)

Delaware

  • PDF (981K) February 4, 2010
  • download files PDF Delaware request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2017-18 (February 23, 2018)
  • download files PDF Delaware request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (February 28, 2018)
  • download files PDF Delaware request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (March 4, 2019)
  • download filesPDF Denial of Delaware request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (February 18, 2020)

District of Columbia

  • PDF (1007K) October 15, 2009
  • download files PDF Request for a waiver to permit middle school students who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessments (October 5, 2018)
  • PDF District of Columbia request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (March 22, 2019)

Florida

  • PDF (1050K) September 23, 2009
  • PDF (432K) August 3, 2010

Georgia

  • PDF (99K) August 13, 2009
  • PDF (171KB) Georgia request for a waiver to permit middle school students who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessments (April 12, 2018)
  • PDF (147KB) Georgia request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (April 12, 2018)
  • PDF (163KB) Georgia extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (April 15, 2019)
  • PDF (88KB) Georgia request to amend its consolidated plan and waiver related to reporting its adjusted cohort graduation rate (November 21, 2019)
  • PDF (3MB) Georgia request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (February 28, 2020)

Hawaii

  • PDF (314K) November 2, 2009
  • Native Hawaiian Language Assessment Waiver response [PDF, 166 KB] (December 1, 2017)
  • PDF (53KB) Hawaii request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (March 29, 2018)
  • PDF (41KB) Denial of Hawaii request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for grade 7 and 8 mathematics and grade 8 science in 2018-19 (March 20, 2019)
  • PDF(142KB) Hawaii extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (July 23, 2019)
  • PDF(779 KB) Hawaii request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (December 30, 2019)

Idaho

  • PDF (1291K) October 15, 2009
  • PDF (1291K) June 30, 2010
  • PDF (148K) Idaho request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (May 7, 2018)
  • PDF (163K) Idaho request for an extension of the waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (January 3, 2019)

Illinois

  • PDF (472K) September 16, 2009
  • PDF (692K) September 16, 2009
  • PDF (131K) Waiver approval for Lincoln-Way Community District 210 (December 28, 2017)
  • PDF (262K) Request for a waiver to permit middle school students who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessments (October 5, 2018)

Indiana

  • PDF (917K) September 23, 2009
  • PDF (280K) October 23, 2009
  • PDF (280K) July 2, 2010
  • PDF (159K) Indiana request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (February 15, 2018)
  • PDF (170 KB) Denial of Indiana request for waiver related to the adjusted-cohort graduation rate calculation (April 19, 2018)
  • PDF (160 KB) Indiana extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (April 15, 2019)

Iowa

  • PDF (1.1K) August 31, 2009
  • PDF (1.1K) August 3, 2010 download files HTML (February 12, 2014)

Kansas

  • PDF (816K) April 6, 2010
  • PDF (816K) April 5, 2011
  • Letter May 17, 2011
  • PDF (682 KB) Kansas request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (January 2, 2020)

Kentucky

  • PDF (1.3K) September 4, 2009
  • PDF (55K) Kentucky request for waiver from requirements to assess full breadth and depth of academic content standards in reading/language arts, specifically standards in speaking and listening (December 13, 2016)
  • PDF (48K) Kentucky request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (October 27, 2017)
  • PDF (75K) Kentucky request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (January 31, 2019)
  • PDF (22 MB) Kentucky request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (January 2, 2020)

Louisiana

  • PDF (1,103K) August 27, 2009
  • download files PDF Louisiana request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (50.3KB) (February 28, 2018)
  • download files PDF Louisiana request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (50.7KB) (January 15, 2019)
  • download files PDF Denial of Louisiana request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (February 5, 2020)

Maine

  • PDF (1.1MB)September 16, 2009
  • PDF (135K) Maine request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (April 12, 2018)

Maryland

  • PDF (436K) November 2, 2009
  • PDF (140KB) Maryland request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in grades 5, 8 in 2016-17 and high school in 2017-18 (May 22, 2018)
  • PDF (53K) Maryland request for a waiver to permit middle school students who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessments (June 14, 2018)
  • PDF (140KB) Denial of Maryland resubmitted request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in grades 5, 8 in 2016-17 (July 10, 2018)

Massachusetts

  • PDF (1.2MB) August 24, 2009 PDF (374K) July 19, 2010
  • PDF (152K) Madownload filesssachusetts request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (December 28, 2017)
  • PDF (178K) Massachusetts request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (February 25, 2019)
  • PDF (879 KB) Massachusetts request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (January 2, 2020)

Michigan

  • PDF (1.22K) September 26, 2009
  • download files PDF Michigan request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (May 14, 2018)
  • PDF Denial of Michigan request related to assessing all students on the same statewide assessments (July 30, 2018)
  • PDF Denial of Michigan’s request to exclude the results of recently arrived English learners in the State accountability system (January 29, 2019)
  • PDF Michigan extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (April 12, 2019)

Minnesota

  • PDF (875K) January 19, 2010
  • PDF  (1 MB) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (October 1, 2019)

Mississippi

  • PDF (99K) May 10, 2010
  • download files PDF Mississippi request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (March 5, 2018)
  • download files PDF (139KB) Mississippi extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (June 19, 2019)

Missouri

  • PDF (92K) August 7, 2009 PDF (290K) August 10, 2010 PDF June 13, 2011
  • PDF (173K) Missouri request for a waiver to permit middle school students who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessments (December 21, 2017)
  • PDF (148K) Missouri request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements in 2016-17 (March 20, 2018)
  • PDF (147K) Missouri request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (April 3, 2018)
  • PDF (67K) Denial of Missouri request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2017-18 (July 27, 2018)
  • PDF (990 KB) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (November 7, 2019)

Montana

  • PDF (91K) June 23, 2010
  • PDF (81K) July 26, 2010

Nebraska

  • PDF (1088K) August 26, 2009
  • PDF (480K) July 12, 2010
  • PDF (46KB) Nebraska request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment (March 29, 2018) PDF (71KB) Nebraska request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment (February 19, 2019)
  • download filesPDF (143KB) Denial of Nebraska request to waive reporting certain teacher data on state and local report cards (May 15, 2019)
  • download filesPDF (134K) Nebraska request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2019-20 (May 15, 2019)

Nevada

  • PDF (881K) October 8, 2009
  • PDF June 15, 2010 (79K)
  • PDF (1.6KB) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (December 12, 2019)

New Hampshire

  • PDF (1.2MB) September 23, 2009 PDF (249K) August 4, 2010 Letter June 29, 2011
  • PDF (167KB) Denial of New Hampshire request for waiver from annual statewide assessments (May 31, 2018)

New Jersey

  • PDF (621K) October 2, 2009
  • PDF (175K) New Jersey request for a waiver to permit middle school students who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessments (December 21, 2017)
  • PDF (152K) Denial of New Jersey request for waiver to reclassify English learners in the four-year adjusted-cohort graduation rate (April 12, 2018)
  • PDF (146KB) New Jersey request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2017-18 (May 10, 2018)
  • PDF (152KB) Denial of New Jersey resubmitted request for waiver to reclassify English learners in the four-year adjusted-cohort graduation rate (June 25, 2018)
  • PDF (143KB) Denial of New Jersey request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (August 3, 2018)
  • PDF (55KB) Final Response to New Jersey’s request for waiver to reclassify English learners in the four-year adjusted-cohort graduation rate (November 28, 2018)
  • (PDF (289 KB)  General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment (October 1, 2019)

New Mexico

  • PDF (1.22K) August 31, 2009
  • PDF (372K) August 4, 2010
  • PDF (138 KB) request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2019-20 (April 16, 2019)
  • PDF (1 MB ) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (October 2, 2019)

New York

  • PDF (977K) March 3, 2010
  • PDF (439K) August 24, 2010
  • PDF (172K) New York request for a waiver to permit middle school student who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessment (January 16, 2018)
  • PDF (133K) Denial of New York’s request to assess children with disabilities with an out-of-grade-level assessment (January 16, 2018)
  • PDF (206K) Denial of New York’s request to exclude the results of recently arrived English learners in the State accountability system until they have been enrolled in U.S. schools for 3 ears (January 16, 2018)

North Carolina

  • PDF (91K) September 4, 2009 PDF (621K) September 16, 2009 HTML August 29, 2011
  • PDF (51K) North Carolina request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (May 10, 2018)
  • PDF (137K) North Carolina extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (May 2, 2019)
  • PDF (99 KB ) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (October 25, 2019)

North Dakota

  • PDF (92K) October 2, 2009
  • PDF (92K) June 15, 2010
  • HTML March 23, 2015
  • HTML June 5, 2015
  • PDF (154K) Response to request to waive locally selected, nationally recognized assessment requirements (January 29, 2018)
  • PDF (49KB) North Dakota request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (May 10, 2018)
  • PDF (962 KB) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (November 5, 2019)

Ohio

  • PDF (1.9K) August 14, 2009 PDF (380K) July 20, 2010
  • PDF (173K) Ohio request for a waiver to permit middle school student who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessment (January 16, 2018)
  • PDF (152K) Ohio request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (March 13, 2018)
  • PDF (75K) Ohio request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (February 12, 2019)

Oklahoma

  • PDF (1.2MB) October 15, 2009
  • PDF (78K) June 15, 2010
  • PDF (50K) Oklahoma request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (May 15, 2018)
  • PDF (167KB) Oklahoma extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (April 15, 2019)
  • PDF (167KB) Oklahoma request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (February 4, 2020)

Oregon

  • PDF (1,010K) October 23, 2009

Pennsylvania

  • PDF (1.0MB) August 27, 2009 PDF (220K) August 3, 2010
  • PDF (140K) Pennsylvania request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (February 15, 2018)

Puerto Rico

  • PDF (175K) Puerto Rico request due to the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria (October 10, 2018)

Rhode Island

  • PDF (1.0MB) August 24, 2009
  • PDF (1.0MB) June 16, 2010
  • PDF (148K) Rhode Island request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2017-18 (March 16, 2018)
  • PDF (189K) Rhode Island request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (March 22, 2019)

South Carolina

  • PDF (1340K) September 9, 2009
  • PDF (1,011KB) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (November 21, 2019)

South Dakota

  • PDF (992K) August 14, 2009
  • PDF (992K) June 16, 2010
  • PDF (148K) South Dakota request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (April 12, 2018)
  • PDF (145K) South Dakota extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (June 28, 2019)
  • PDF (987KB ) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (November 20, 2019)

Tennessee

  • PDF (300K) August 27, 2009 PDF (92K) September 16, 2009 PDF (484K) August 10, 2010 PDF (484K) Tennessee request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for all subjects in 2015-16 (November 17, 2016)
  • PDF (147K) Tennessee request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (April 12, 2018)
  • PDF (57K) Tennessee request for Title I waiver for five new LEAs (August 1, 2018)
  • PDF (242K) Tennessee request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements for science in 2018-19 (February 4, 2019)
  • PDF (89K) Denial of Tennessee request to waiver minimum subgrant amount in Title III, Part A (February 5, 2019)
  • PDF (145K) Tennessee extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (May 17, 2019)

Texas

  • PDF (298K) Response to Texas waiver request for Hurricane relief (February 8, 2018)
  • PDF (50KB) Texas request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (March 29, 2018)
  • PDF (134KB) Denial of Texas request related to the English language proficiency assessment and accountability (July 31, 2018)
  • PDF (177KB) Texas extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (April 1, 2019)
  • PDF (70 KB) Denial of Texas request for a waiver to permit middle school student who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessment (August 26, 2019)
  • PDF (792KB) Denial of Texas request for an extension of a waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2019-20 (February 18, 2020)

Utah

  • PDF (485K) September 16, 2009 PDF (874K) October 15, 2009 PDF (867K) January 19, 2010
  • PDF (136KB) Denial of Utah’s request to waive the participation rate requirement in its accountability system (May 31, 2018)

Vermont

  • PDF (1.6KB ) General and Alternate English Language Proficiency Assessment  (December 11, 2019

Virginia

  • PDF (521K) September 4, 2009
  • PDF (789K) September 16, 2009 PDF (79K) October 2, 2009 PDF (511K) August 4, 2010
  • PDF (66K) Virginia request or a waiver to permit middle school students who take advanced courses to take the aligned high school assessments (August 6, 2018)
  • PDF (168KB) Denial of Virginia request for waiver from administering the same assessment to all students in high school (December 26, 2018)

Washington

  • PDF (852K) August 13, 2009
  • PDF (791K) August 31, 2009
  • PDF (791K) June 30, 2010
  • Letter June 29, 2010
  • PDF Denial of Washington request for waiver from statewide assessment requirements in eight tribal compact schools (April 15, 2019)

West Virginia

  • PDF (532K) August 24, 2009 PDF (689K) September 23, 2009 PDF (148K) West Virginia request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (April 12, 2018)
  • PDF (154K) West Virginia waiver of ESEA section 1113(c)(1) for Wetzel County (August 30, 2018)
  • PDF (193K) West Virginia extension request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2018-19 (April 1, 2019)

Wisconsin

  • PDF (1.2K) August 13, 2009
  • PDF (235K) August 10, 2010
  • PDF (73K) Wisconsin request for waiver of the one percent cap on participation in the alternate assessment for 2017-18 (February 23, 2018)

Wyoming

  • PDF (1.3K) September 16, 2009

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