The Idaho State Department of Education is applying for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. The Department will submit a final waiver application to the U.S. Department of Education by February 21, 2012.
Below are two copies of the waiver. The document titled DRAFT WAIVER DOC 02 06 2012 (with track changes) illustrates all changes made to the waiver since it was originally posted for public comment. The document titled DRAFT WAIVER DOC 02 07 2012 to Board(2) (With Attachments) is the final draft containing all revisions that has been submitted to the State Board of Education for approval during their February 15-16 meeting. For a list of changes made to the ESEA Waiver based on public comments received from stakeholders throughout Idaho, please see the document titled Changes to ESEA Waiver Based on Public Comment.
In the spring of 2014, all Idaho students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the Smarter Balanced Field Test in math and English Language Arts instead of the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). In December 2013, the Idaho State Board of Education requested flexibility from the United States Department of Education to give the Smarter Balanced Field Test in place of the ISAT. Specifically, Idaho requested a one-year waiver of some key requirements in Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). This waiver was approved by the U.S. Department of Education on February 18, 2014 and makes the Smarter Balanced Field Test the end-of-year exam that all students in grades 3-8 and 11 are required to take in math and ELA as prescribed by both state and federal laws.