Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sought clarification from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) regarding USDE’s authority to waive specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Under House Bill 866 (passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by the governor), a USDE waiver must be secured to reduce or eliminate assessment requirements for certain students at the elementary and middle school grade levels.
Should the federal government determine that relevant provisions of federal law may be waived and ultimately grant a waiver request, potential changes would include assessments for math in grades 3, 5 and 8; and reading in grades 3, 5 and 8. Current federal law requires testing for math and reading for all students in grades 3 through 8. More