ERIC Number: ED453347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-6
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of the Education Flexibility Partnership Demonstration Program State Reports. Final Report.
Raphael, Jacqueline; McKay, Shannon
This report analyzes information from 12 Educational Flexibility Partnership Demonstration (EFD) program state reports submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in spring 2000. The EFD program helps schools and districts implement educational reforms and raise student achievement by providing increased flexibility in implementing federal education programs. Twelve state educational agencies (SEAs) were delegated the authority to waive certain federal education requirements that could impede local or state efforts to improve education. The reports summarize 1999 waiver activity (number and type of federal waivers granted to districts or schools and disposition of waiver requests). They include achievement data and other information for waivers that were in place for 2 or more years. This analysis includes information from states' original applications for waiver authority and phone calls to SEA officials. In 1999, more waivers were granted to districts and schools by EFD SEAs than were granted from 1994-2000 to districts and schools in non-Ed-Flex states by the Secretary of Education. The reports do not provide adequate information to describe the effects of waivers on education reform and student achievement. Some questions about the increased accountability demanded of districts and schools receiving waivers remain unanswered. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Federal State Relationship, Reports, State Government, State Programs, States Powers
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.