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Missouri Receives Extension for ESEA Waiver

MISSOURI (KFVS) -

Schools across Missouri will have another year to use their own accountability systems.

This comes after the state received a one-year extension for flexibility from certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The extension runs through the 2014-2015 school year.

“This is great news for Missouri and its school districts,” said Commissioner of Education Chris Nicastro. “It is important that states direct their own accountability systems setting ambitious goals and focusing on continuous improvement.”

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the waiver allows Missouri to use the current accountability system to identify struggling schools, direct resources to struggling schools and recognize schools achieving exemplary results.

The waiver also applies to schools receiving Title 1 funding.

Because the No Child Left Behind act has not been reauthorized, waivers like this one have been given to certain states, in exchange for a state-developed plan.

This plan should be designed to improve educational outcomes for all students.

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