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Assessment and Accountability Waivers

This page contains information about New York State's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Assessment and Accountability Waiver Requests that were submitted on Friday, February 12, 2021 to the United States Department of Education (USDE).

February 12, 2021:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) submitted two federal waiver requests related to state assessment and accountability requirements on Friday, February 12, 2021 to the United States Department of Education (USDE) on behalf of all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in New York State.  The waiver requests address the unique circumstances caused by the ongoing pandemic that have resulted in many students receiving some or all of their instruction remotely.  The waiver requests and corresponding documents can be found  HERE.

January 25, 2021:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking input from stakeholders about the need for additional flexibility related to certain provisions of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) pertaining to administration of State assessments in spring 2021 and identification of schools and districts for improvement.

Comments on the draft waivers may be e-mailed to ESSAComments@nysed.gov with “ESSA Comments from (sender/organization name)” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted through February 5, 2021. In addition, stakeholders are encouraged to fill out a brief survey regarding the 2020-21 school year student assessment and school accountability processes.

NYSED Assessment Waiver Request Letter to USDE

NYSED Accountability and School Identification Waiver Request Letter to USDE