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The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is offering each State educational agency (SEA) the opportunity to request flexibility on behalf of itself, its local educational agencies (LEAs), and its schools, in order to better focus on improving student learning and increasing the quality of instruction. This voluntary opportunity will provide educators and State and local leaders with flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction. This flexibility is intended to build on and support the significant State and local reform efforts already underway in critical areas such as transitioning to college- and career-ready standards and assessments; developing systems of differentiated recognition, accountability, and support; and evaluating and supporting teacher and principal effectiveness.

The North Carolina Flexibility Request was approved by the Department on May 29, 2012.

2015 ESEA Approval Letter
(pdf, 687kb)

2015 ESEA Flexibility Request Renewal (Last Updated January 30, 2015)

2014 ESEA Flexibility Request Renewal (Last Updated August 4, 2014)
(pdf, 1.4mb)

USED Response ESEA Flexibility
(pdf, 100kb)

2012 ESEA Flexibility Request (Last Updated May 24, 2012)
(pdf, 3.7mb)

USED Approval May 29, 2012
(pdf, 343kb)

USED Letter: Implementing NC's Approved Request June 29, 2012
(pdf, 180kb)

Frequently Asked Questions
(pdf, 574kb)

ESEA Waiver Implications
(pdf, 180kb)