On May 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) approved Maryland’s request for ESEA Flexibility for the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 school years. USDE has now provided all ESEA Flexibility States with the opportunity to apply for an Extension to this ESEA Flexibility for the 2014-2015 school year. Maryland seeks to extend ESEA flexibility through the end of the 2014–2015 school year because the implementation of the flexibility has enhanced the ability of MSDE and the local school systems to increase the quality of instruction for all students as well as improve their achievement levels. The waiver allows Maryland to target resources and implement rigorous interventions in our low performing schools. Maryland believes that the flexibility of the waiver has allowed the State and its LEAs to focus on implementing the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards, transition to the College and Career-Ready PARCC Assessments, provide support, recognition, and intervention to all Maryland public schools, and develop a teacher and principal evaluation system that incorporates student growth as a major component.
As part of the extension process, Maryland proposes changes to its currently approved ESEA flexibility request. Attached please find the following documents which will be submitted with our Flexibility Extension Request:
(1) Teacher Principal Evaluation (TPE) Extension Waiver Amendments Submission - MSDE requests that USDE approve amending the Maryland State Teacher and Principal Evaluation Models to reflect an updated design. The approval of this amendment further increases the alignment and brings all 22 LEAs into compliance with the state model frameworks, allowing MSDE to focus the delivery of professional development and technical assistance to LEAs during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
(2) TPE Transition Plan Submission – an explanation of transitioning the Teacher Principal Evaluation models from MSA to PARCC
(3) Waiver Request – Use Same Assessment for all students at each grade level – a proposal that beginning with the implementation of the PARCC Assessments in the 2014-15 school year, Maryland allows any student enrolled in a high school level course to take the assessment associated with this course. This will most often occur with the Algebra I assessment since very few students take English II before high school.
The Maryland State Department of Education is seeking public comment regarding its ESEA Flexibility Extension Request. These documents are open for public comment from March 7 – 20, 2014, and can be found at:
Please send all comments to Mary Gable, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Academic Policy and Innovation, at:
This information will be provided to the State Board at its March 25, 2014, meeting.
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