NCLB WAIVER APPLICATION

Waiver to Use Priority Schools List

In order to enable the State to replace its lists of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools with its list of Priority schools that meet the definition of "Priority schools" in the document titled ESEA Flexibility and that were identified in accordance with its approved request for ESEA flexibility, waive the school eligibility requirements in Section I.A.1 of the SIG final requirements.

The State assures that its methodology for identifying Priority schools, approved through the ESEA flexibility request, provides an acceptable alternative methodology for identifying the State's lowest performing schools and thus is an appropriate replacement for the eligibility requirements and definition of persistently lowest-achieving schools in the SIG final requirements.

Comment

Waiver To Extend Period of Availability of 2013 School Improvement Funds

Waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY 2013 school improvement funds for the SEA and all of its LEAs to September 30, 2017.

School Improvement Grants (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

Each state is eligible to apply and receive a School Improvement Grant. The state believes that the requested waiver will increase its ability to implement the SIG program effectively.

Comment

Waiver of Period of Availability of 2009 Funds for Cohort 1 SIG schools

Waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY 2009 school improvement funds for the New Jersey Department of Education and the applicable districts to September 30, 2014.

School Improvement Grants (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

This amendment, if approved, would apply to an LEA with one or more Tier I or II SIG schools that began fully implementing a SIG intervention model at the start of the 2010-2011 school year (Cohort 1).  Such an LEA that is interested in implementing the extended waiver would need to request and receive New Jersey's permission to implement it.

Each state is eligible to apply and receive a School Improvement Grant. The state believes that the requested waiver will allow Cohort 1 schools additional time to expend FY 2009 SIG funds, and, therefore, increase its ability to implement the SIG program effectively.

Comment

SIG Eligibility Priority Schools List Waiver

School Improvement Grants Application for FY2012 New Awards Competition, Waiver 4: Priority Schools List Waiver.  For School Improvement Grant eligibility, the State will replace its lists of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III schools with its list of Priority schools under ESEA flexibility, thus waiving the school eligibility requirements in Section I.A.1 of the SIG final requirements.

School Improvement Grants (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

Each state is eligible to apply and receive a School Improvement Grant. The state believes that the requested waiver will increase its ability to implement the SIG program effectively.

Comment

Waiver of Period of Availability of 2011 Carryover Funds

Waive section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b)) to extend the period of availability of FY 2011 carryover school improvement funds for the SEA and all of its LEAs to September 30, 2015.

School Improvement Grants (SIG), authorized under section 1003(g) of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), are grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) that SEAs use to make competitive subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to use the funds to provide adequate resources in order to raise substantially the achievement of students in their lowest-performing schools.

Each state is eligible to apply and receive a School Improvement Grant. The state believes that the requested waiver will increase its ability to implement the SIG program effectively.

Comment

ESEA Flexibility Waivers – Request for Comments

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is soliciting comments regarding the following U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). We invite public comments – both supporting and nonsupporting – on each of the waivers below.

Please comment on each waiver separately, using the links at the bottom of each waiver. All public comments submitted during the comment period will be read timely, taken into consideration, and submitted to the USDE.  Providing comments to NJDOE does not guarantee your comments will be implemented.

Below is the approved waiver application that has been modified from the original November 14 submission.