Wyoming to request flexibility waiver from No Child Left Behind escalating AYP targets

WDE, Wyoming Dept. of Education(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Department of Education will submit a request for a Flexibility Waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind. The waiver request will be filed by Thursday, Feb. 28.

The request comes four days after Wyoming Governor Matt Mead met with leadership at the United States Department of Education USDE) and discussed the need for relief from escalating Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets set for the Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO’s).  Without the flexibility waiver, the AYP targets set for 2014 require all students in Wyoming be proficient or advanced, as measured by the state assessment — PAWS — in reading, math and, science.

After the meeting, Governor Mead suggested the Wyoming Department of Education prepare a request for the ESEA Flexibility Waiver offered by the USDE during Window Four of the USDE’s ESEA submission calendar. The window for Window Four of the ESEA Flexibility Waiver Submission closes on February 28, 2013.

“Wyoming school districts tell us they appreciate the effort to request relief from some of the most restrictive requirements of No Child Left Behind,” said WDE Interim Director Dr. Jim Rose. “Wyoming is one of six states without a waiver being considered or granted. The waiver application will give us an opportunity to initiate deeper conversations with the United States Department of Education. We cannot predict an outcome, but we know the effort is important.”